Home treatment hints for ball of foot pain including neuromas, sesamoiditis, calluses and metatarsalgia
If you cannot see a podiatrist, or you want to try home treatment first, here are our suggestions on self treatment of pain under the ball of the foot. If you do not have 100% relief within 3 weeks of following all of the instructions below, see a podiatrist.
12 Step Ball of Foot Pain Relief Plan
|1. Use an arch support to transfer force off of the ball of the foot. An arch support that will not collapse will do the best job. We recommend the P3 Full Length Arch Support. This has the best arch height we have found on an over-the-counter arch support to transfer pressure off of the ball of the foot.|
|2. Use a sandal with an arch support to wear around the house. This will act to decrease pressure on the ball of your foot. We highly recommend the Vionic Sandals and Slippers – available here. Our patients love this flip flop.|
|3. Wearing the correct socks can help reduce bunion pain. Socks help in two ways. First by reducing friction on the bunion and second by providing cushion. Cotton is a poor choice for people with bunions because of high friction. Because it has low friction, no seam over the bunion and cushions the bunion from shoe pressure, our favorite sock for bunions is the Juzo Silver Sole Sock. Available in white and black.|
|4. Use a silicone product to cushion the balls of your feet. Two that work very well are the Silipos Metatarsal Gel Strap and the Silipos SoftSock. Both of these devices provide a tremendous amount of cushioning.|
|5. For cushioning in women’s dress shoes, where the Gel Strap and SoftSock would be too big, try using a Gel Metatarsal Pad.|
|6. Ice the painful area of your foot twice per evening for 10 minutes each time|
|7. Use a topical pain reliever such as BioFreeze Cold Therapy Relief during the day.|
| If You Have Calluses
Calluses cause pain under the ball of the foot by increasing pressure. If you have calluses or dry skin under the ball of your feet, use the following products in addition to those above:
|8. Hydrostat Cream to soften the calluses.|
|9. Use a rotary tool such as the PediNova Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit to thin the callus. This professional quality callus and nail thinning tool allows you to thin your nail with a tool used by podiatrists. Four speeds including 10,000 RPM that allows easy thinning of the nails with no vibration. 10 tools
including long-lasting diamond burrs are included For perfectly thin nails, use this tool to grind the nail every week or so. Also good for calluses. Made with incomparable German technology. This is by far the best nail thinning tool we have found. There are less expensive ones available, but they don’t have enough power or burr quality to effectively thin the nails.
|10. Gilden Tree Terra Cotta 2-Sided Footscrubber and Callus Remover|
|11. Find a shoe store with well trained shoe fitters to fit your shoes. You can find a list of shoe stores on our Shoe List. A good shoe fitter will not only lead you to the best fitting shoes, but can often modify the shoe to fit difficult to fit feet. If you don’t have a good shoe store nearby, these Orthofeet Shoes for Women and Orthofeet Shoes for Men work great for ball of foot pain as they have cushion and extra room in the toe box to fit insoles. Both casual and athletic shoes are available.|
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Don’t live with pain under the balls of your feet. For the most effective and long-lasting treatment make an appointment to see us in our Seattle office.