Home Remedies for Decreasing Pain Affecting the Top of the Foot
The most common cause of pain on top of the foot is a condition called dorsal compression syndrome. Basically, when the foot flattens all the bones on top of the foot are compressed together – leading to pain.
The first goal of treating of top of the foot pain is to limit flattening of the arch in order to prevent the bones from compressing into each other. You can accomplish that with the use of proper arch supports and shoes designed with rocker soles to decrease motion. Avoid going barefoot – even around the house.
Follow this 6-Step Plan for 3 weeks. Most people will see relief within the first week or two. If your pain isn’t gone by 3 weeks, see a podiatrist.
1. Use an arch support in your shoes. This will act to decrease painful joint motion by preventing arch collapse. An arch support with a higher arch and some rigidity will work best.These OTC arch supports will not work as well as a quality custom orthotic, but will help. The best one that we have found for foot arthritis is the P3 Full Length Arch Support because of it’s semi-rigid and relatively high arch.
2. Around the house use a slipper with an arch support. For women we recommend this Vionic Women’s Slipper. We haven’t seen something as supportive for men, but you can use any of these sandals around the house.
3. Wear sandals or flip-flops that have exceptional arch support. We recommend the Vionic Flip-flops and sandal – available here. Our patients love this flip flop.
4. For even more relief you can use a shoe with a Rocker Sole. Rocker soles are very effective at reducing joint motion. We have reviewed many of the rocker soled shoes and the one we like the best is the Cogent. Compared to most rocker shoes the Cogent Rocker Shoe is much more stable. One of the best shoes for people with pain on top of the foot.
5. Ice the foot for 10 minutes each evening.
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