You have foot pain in Sparks, NV, that just doesn't seem to go away. When you walk or when you stand for long periods of time, the ball of your foot aches. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford of the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada often see people that feel very uncomfortable with a chronic and easily treated condition called metatarsalgia. With their experience, expertise, and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford can tell you what's going on in your feet and how to manage or eliminate it.
Where are the metatarsal bones?
There are five of them, and they extend from the heel of your foot to your toes. When the tops of these bones become inflamed due to repeated stress (playing tennis, for instance), arthritic changes or just wearing shoes that are too narrow and tight, metatarsalgia results.
Frequently, the discomfort of metatarsalgia centers on the metatarsal heads (the tops of the bones) near the second, third and fourth toe combined. Also common is foot pain which originates in the ball of the foot at the first, or big, toe. Location and description of symptoms help your podiatrist make an accurate diagnosis.
What can you do?
Treatment of foot pain associated with the metatarsal bones may be easier to treat that you may think. Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford may key in on how much you stand on your feet during the day, what sporting activities you engage in and what kind of shoes you typically wear. Frankly, just resting, elevating and even icing your feet after use (or overuse) helps reduce the swelling associated with this kind of foot pain.
Another simple intervention paying attention to your shoes. If you are a woman, are you wearing narrow-toed shoes? Are you frequently in high heels? If so, consider wearing shoes with a wider toe box so your feet are not so cramped.
Also, the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends wearing shoes with heels no higher than two inches. The lower the heel is and the more supportive the shoe is, the better your feet will feel. Furthermore, change your shoes often, and purchase new ones when current pairs are showing wear.
Finally, your podiatrist may recommend custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to keep the pressure off your metatarsal bones. Soft padding may accomplish the same thing, but it's important to engage the help of your foot doctor to understand what will work best.
Get on your feet!
Don't let foot pain stop you from having an active lifestyle. Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada to find out what's wrong and correct it. Call the office in Sparks, NV, today for your personal consultation: (775) 331-1919.