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metatarsalgia?


i need help. even though the pain doesn't worsen, it doesn't get better. i got it caused by trauma. to much pressure on my feet while cycling 20miles per day without cycling shoes. it has been three weeks now and i am still in pain. i have stopped cycling for now and got proper cycling shoes for the future. i need help because i am afraid to walk to much due to the pain i may suffer. any suggestions would be great
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Glucosamine/Chondriotin Sulfate is recommended for almost any injury which creates the need for cartilaginous remodeling. I would definitely be taking a good brand of that (eg. Nutrimax brand "Cosamine"). Also an anti inflammatory (provided you have no other med problems that preclude the use of this. (eg. ibprofin).  (+ info)

I think I have Metatarsalgia, will i ever be able to wear heels again?


I have been getting pain in the ball of my left foot which I believe to be Metatarsalgia. I am in flats at the moment, but want to know if I can ever wear heels again?
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I had it for 2 years, seemed like for ever, but happily wear high heels now.
Was told it is caused by 'wearing improper footwear'!
Got some pad thingies to go in my shoes, treated feet with care and eventually the pain went awwy, but I am careful with shoe fitting.  (+ info)

Can Mortons/Metatarsalgia be caused by under pronating?


I ask because I seem to remember the physio explaining the condition by saying that I dont roll onto my big toe properly. This is "under pronating." But looking at Mortons/Metatarsalgia on the internet they refer to the condition {and most foot conditions} to be caused by over pronating.
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Dave, I would suggest that you see a podiatrist and have them decide if some strappings or an orthotic device would be best for this. Under pronating would be a condition called supination.  (+ info)

Should I be out of pain 12 weeks after Metatarsalgia surgery?


I don't need crutches anymore, and I can walk without limping in sneakers, but it still hurts plenty. Can't walk barefoot.
There's apparently 3 different kinds of surgeries. I had the one where they move the bone, and shorten it.
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That sucks Mozz. My mom just had that surgery wear they scrape the side of the bone near your big toe. I don't know what it's called, but it's been a month and she is still in pain. What does your Dr. say? Or the surgeon who did it?  (+ info)

What's the realistic recovery time for metatarsalgia surgery?


He has to move a bone, and shorten it. They say 6-12 weeks, but I find post-op recovery times to be exaggerated. When is the earliest I can seriously go back to work?
I was thinking 3 weeks... no?
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Metatarsalgia or painful metatarsals - if you do not know what this means don't answer?


I have no fracture but do have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Anyone have any help on how I can make the feet less painful when I walk. I cannot have painkillers as aalergic to them so practical advice needed from sufferers.
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I have RA and saw a Podiatrist, found out my feet were turning inwards, so they gave me some corrective insoles and the difference is excellent. Now the only problem, when I am bare foot, or wearing slippers, the pain comes back!  (+ info)

How can I differentiate between Morton's neuroma and Metatarsalgia in general?


How can i tell the difference?
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Metatarsalgia causes a bruised feeling in the ball of the foot. Which radiates over the foot and up the calf of the leg.

Morton's neuroma causes pain or numbness on the bottom of the middle to outside of the forefoot, effecting the 3 and 4th toes.

Check the below link which gives a better detail.  (+ info)

Has anyone ever suffered from metatarsalgia?


If so, what did you do to alleviate symptoms?
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In most cases, simple measures will lessen pain at the front of the foot.


Foot freedom: If you wear tight shoes with thin soles and high heels, give them away. If you have symptoms of a Morton's neuroma, remove the shoes periodically and gently massage the painful area. If you pinch or rub vigorously, you may experience pain as intense as when you hit your "funny bone."


Orthotics (or metatarsal pads): Consult your podiatrist or physician for a footpad that relieves pressure on the metatarsal area.


Medications: Your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or sulindac. This is the most common treatment.

Time and the correct foot pad helped mine. Good luck.  (+ info)

Metatarsalgia or metatarsal fracture?


The ball of my left foot hurts (a sharp pain) most of the time when I run more so on hard surfaces, though it is not so painful that it affects my stride. It also hurts when I press on the area with my thumb, but feels fine when I release the pressure. It hurts occasionally when I walk which I believe may have something to do with my gait-- I don't have much an arch. I run about 40 miles a week but I've been doing this for years, it's not like I had some drastic increase in training (except I had a little bit of time off 3 weeks ago for a rolled ankle and have just recently gotten back to my normal mileage). I've heard that there are little bandages you can put on your foot to shift the areas where you're placing pressure on it. But just to be safe: is it likely that this problem is metatarsalgia or does it sound more like a stress fracture?
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Are you sure you don't have a heel spur and possible, planter's facitis (spelling?) I had that and the symptoms sound the same.  (+ info)

I think I have Metatarsalgia?


For the past couple of days, when I've been walking I've felt pain in my feet, particularly the left. It is centered around the main joints of the toes.
I've been diagnosed with Osgood-Schlater. My Ankles hurt sometimes too. I don't know why this is. The Pain in my ankles is centered in the "balls" on the outside of my ankles. My ankles are rather deformed looking actually, there is no visible joint on the inside of my ankles.
But anyways back to my toes, I crack them a lot if that means anything.
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I started cracking my toes 14 years ago, it spread from there and now all my joints crack with certain movements.

Docs think I have the symptoms of some form of juvenile arthritis, but can't diagnose anything concrete.

See a doctor.  (+ info)

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