Can you run with metatarsal pads?
If you’re experiencing pain from metatarsalgia, running is generally not recommended to keep because of the high impact it puts directly on your ball of the foot, midfoot, and forefoot.
How do runners treat metatarsalgia?
If you develop metatarsalgia, give your feet a break. Reduce your mileage, run on softer surfaces, or temporarily switch to a low-impact activity. Treat acute symptoms with ice during the first 24 hours and take anti-inflammatories as needed. See your doctor or a podiatrist if your symptoms don’t improve in 10 days.
Should I stop running if I have metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia may result in swelling to the ‘ball’ of the foot and sometimes callouses. If you believe you are experiencing metatarsalgia, it is best to either decrease your weekly mileage or take a break from running for a while.
What are metatarsal cushions?
Metatarsal pads are small, unobtrusive pads that sit on your shoe’s insole or footbed and are positioned behind the ball of your foot, in the pocket of space that exists just behind your metatarsal heads.
Why do my metatarsals hurt when I run?
Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.
How do you exercise with metatarsalgia?
- Stand at an arm’s length away from a wall, placing your hands on it.
- Step forward with one foot, keeping the back heel on the floor with your knee straight.
- Hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds before switching legs.
How do you heal metatarsalgia fast?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Rest. Protect your foot from further injury by not stressing it.
- Ice the affected area. Apply ice packs to the affected area for about 20 minutes at a time several times a day.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Wear proper shoes.
- Use metatarsal pads.
- Consider arch supports.
Why do I need a metatarsal pad?
A strategically placed metatarsal pad under your transverse arch alleviates pressure on the ball of your foot and keeps toes properly positioned. It also encourages healthy movement in the joints of your foot. When placing a metatarsal pad in your shoe, be sure to position it just behind the ball of your foot.
Can you still exercise with metatarsalgia?
While you’re self-treating your metatarsalgia, you’ll likely need to modify your exercise or running program. This would be an excellent time to focus on cross training activities. If you’re not experiencing significant relief upon progressing into your exercise program, please consult a medical professional.