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The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its diverse, walkable neighborhoods with plenty to see and do, but stubborn pain in the balls of your feet can really slow you down. If a stroll down Piedmont Avenue in Oakland or Chinatown in San Francisco fills you with trepidation for your aching soles, a little home treatment for metatarsalgia pain might be in order to help you ease your discomfort and regain your enthusiasm.

The most effective treatment for ball of foot pain ultimately will depend on both the root cause and the severity of your symptoms. However, there are a number of conservative, at-home strategies you can employ to help you manage symptoms and encourage faster healing.

The first is the most obvious: give your feet a break! Taking a rest and avoiding strenuous, high-impact activity gives your body a chance to heal itself. Use ice if necessary (20 minutes at a time, a few times per day) and elevate those feet above heart level to further reduce swelling.

Sometimes new equipment can give you a boost. Sometimes a new pair of footwear is all you need to start feeling better. Over-the-counter cushioned insoles, metatarsal pads, or arch supports can also help a lot for some feet (though more significant foot problems may require custom-made orthotics instead).

Finally, making some lifestyle changes and healthy choices can reduce the load on your feet or enable you to better deal with it, especially if you’re overweight. Each extra pound of body weight adds several pounds’ worth of force onto your feet with every step, so getting in shape can have a drastic effect on reducing foot pain. In your fitness routine, include exercises and stretches that increase foot and ankle strength (to help them stand up to stresses better) and cross-train in low-impact activities that don’t pound your feet so significantly (swimming, cycling, or weight training, for example).

While these home care methods can be effective at minimizing your discomfort, because so many different conditions can cause such similar symptoms, always seek the expert opinion for significant or persistent ball of foot pain. Call Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390 to schedule an appointment. Whether your specific problem is nerve damage, Morton’s neuroma, a stress fracture, or any other condition, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, will get you back on course.

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