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5 Top Tips for Treating Forefoot Aches

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

New Orleans loves an excuse for a celebration, and Halloween is the perfect opportunity. With loud, vibrant street parties, traditional trick-or-treating, and the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience event going on, All Hallows Eve is a night that keeps you on your feet. If you struggle with forefoot aches and pains from metatarsalgia, though, you may be uncomfortable spending a whole evening walking.


Fortunately, there are some tricks you can use to ease ball of the foot discomfort so you can enjoy the festivities instead of hobbling around all weekend. Here are a few tips to help you alleviate those forefoot aches:

  1. The Right Shoes – Your shoe choices make a big difference. Avoid high heels and super-flat shoes, since they don’t support your lower limbs and can compound pressure on the ball of the foot. Instead, wear comfy footwear with arch support and padded soles.

  2. Insoles and Metatarsal Pads – If your soles don’t have enough cushioning, consider a special pad to add an extra protective layer. Pads that go directly under the forefoot work well.

  3. Icing the Forefoot – When the ball of your foot hurts, ice it. This decreases inflammation and swelling, relieving the pain.

  4. Stretching Out – Sometimes tight muscles contribute to ball of the foot problems. Stretch out your calves and feet regularly to help this issue.

  5. Orthotics – If you have biomechanical problems in your feet or don’t have enough arch support in your shoes, orthotics can help. It’s best to have experienced professionals like the Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC team help you choose the right kind.

You don’t have to limp around or give up activities you enjoy because of metatarsalgia. You can do things to help alleviate your forefoot aches. Don’t wait to seek help for pain—take care of it before it worsens. Let Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC in Metairie, LA, help you. Use the web request form or call (504)-708-4810 to make an appointment with us.


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