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Run Strong by Treating Metatarsalgia Pain Right

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Running on roadIn the heat of the Texas summer, what better way to beat the heat than by getting wet! If you like to run, check out the SplashDash 5K coming up July 26, 2014 in Mansfield, TX. This race will bring secret splash stations, the super shower, penguin ice plunge, fire hoses, and water gun gangs. Have fun and get soaked! Many runners deal with ball of foot pain. In preparation for a race, or just to stay on the road, begin by treating metatarsalgia pain right.

Your forefoot absorbs a great amount of stress and impact each time you strike the ground during a run—tons of cumulative force can occur. In your foot, there are five long bones that run from your arch to your toes called the metatarsals. They play a very important role in handling your body weight when you push off the ground. If the pressure is uneven and they aren’t able to transfer weight as they should, they can become irritated and inflamed. This is what leads to the condition called metatarsalgia, which causes sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot, just behind your toes.

Rest, icing and anti-inflammatory medications are first lines of defense in alleviating pain. This will require a break from your favorite sport for a period of time, but your foot needs limited stress for a while in order to heal. Dr. Gene Reister may recommend a different shoe to better support and cushion your foot. If you have flat feet, a shoe with a wide toe box and extra metatarsal padding will help, and for high arches, a shoe with a shock-absorbing insole is helpful. Orthotic inserts can also aid in minimizing stress on your foot and improving foot function.

Any pain in your feet is not normal; it’s worth checking out. If you have been experiencing persistent ball of foot pain, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates for help. Call Dr. Gene Reister at (972) 690-5374 for an appointment at our office in Richardson, TX.

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