Metatarsalgia

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1. Overview


Metatarsalgia is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the metatarsal bones (medial bones of foot sole).

Metatarsalgia is common in physically active individuals who participate in activities that involve running and jumping or those who wear the wrong shoes.

Luckily, conservative treatments such as local applications of ice and rest may relieve the symptoms of the condition. Another way to prevent or minimize problems determined by metatarsalgia is to use proper footwear that will absorb shock of the foot.


Contents

1. Overview
2. Symptoms
3. Treatment
4. Home treatment methods


2. Symptoms

Metatarsalgia symptoms may include:
- Tingling, or burning pain in the metatarsal bones – part of the toes base;
- Pain in the area around the toes, in the area of the second finger, third or fourth or just thumb;
- Pain that worsens when a person stands, walks or runs, and that improves after rest;
- Sharp pain in toes;
- Numbness or tingling in toes;
- Pain that worsens when the legs are bent;
- There feeling a pebble in the shoe;
- Pain is amplified when the person is walking barefoot.

Symptoms appear suddenly, especially if the patient is running, do jumping or high-impact exercises more than usual.


3. Treatment

Methods for treating metatarsalgia are:
- To treat foot corns will apply the tea tree oil and goldenseal extract on the affected side. By doing this you can be control infection spreading and speed the healing process.
- Might also use hot compresses with epsom salts;
- Avoid tight socks and shoes;
- Use a pumice stone to thin corns;
- Will not patches for corns, as most affect the skin;
- People with diabetes should avoid treating corns on their own because they can trigger infections;
- Acid preparations which are intended to reduce calluses; these should be avoided by people with diabetes;
- Applying apple cider vinegar throughout the day – in this way will loosen corn root;
- Anoint the corn with castor oil;
- Soak your foot in warm water and will put lemon peel on corn for the night;
- Where corn returns despite the precautions taken, consult a doctor;
- Legs must be kept clean;
- Avoid wearing covered shoes;
- It will add a row of insoles in shoes.

The surgery will be taken into account only when the condition is very serious.


4. Home treatment methods

- Ground three or four liquorice sticks and add half a teaspoon of sesame oil or mustard seeds. Brush corn with this mixture and leave to act overnight. Wash it off with warm water in the morning.

- Keep a slice of freshly cut lemon on the painful area during the night.

- Take half a teaspoon of papaya juice and place a few times a day on the dead skin of the foot.

- It will soak the foot in water with baking soda that will help to dissolve corns.

- Apply some crushed chalk mixed with water to the affected area.

- Wear comfortable shoes and correct your walking style to cure this problem.

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