If you try these suggestions, and your pain persists, see an orthopedist about the possibility of a stress fracture. If that's the problem, you may need orthotics to correct a foot imbalance. In general, though, keep in mind that shin splints, like most running injuries, are basically an overuse injury. Listen to your body and back off when you begin to feel pain. You've strained a muscle that gives some support to the arch of your foot (the muscle runs from the shin bone around the ankle and attaches behind the ball of the foot). You probably have Flat Feet. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Tarsal tunnel syndrome results from compression to a nerve that runs through a narrow passage behind the inner ankle bone down to the heel. It is caused by injury to the ankle, such as a sprain or fracture, or by a growth that presses against the nerve. Excessive Pronation. Pronation is the normal motion that allows the foot to adapt to uneven walking surfaces and to absorb shock. Excessive pronation occurs when the foot has a tendency to turn inwardly and stretch and pull the fascia. It can cause not only heel pain, but hip, knee, and lower back problems. Apply ice to the area several times a day each time for approximately 15-20 minutes. Wrap the ice in something to protect your skin - do not let the ice touch the skin. Arch supports may be recommended by your doctor if fitted insoles were not effective. There are various sizes which can be bought over the counter, or you can have ones custom made to fit your foot. Straighten the hammer toe (a deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second, third, or fourth toe causing it to be permanently bent). How can Metatarsalgia be prevented? Arthritis is the well known joint pain disorder which affects millions of elderly people. It is a really painful disease and the pain is sharp. Increased friction between bones at joint makes movement very painful. The person is afraid of walking because there is pain with each step. Turmeric and lemon juice are mixed together into a paste. Mix as much lemon juice as to make a paste of nice consistency. Apply it over the painful area or better still, soak the whole feet into it. Turmeric is a strong anti inflammatory and it may relieve some internal swelling and burning sensation. I have had a hammer toe for as long as I can remember, but have no idea why it occurred and it causes me no symptoms. It can cause pain for some people though. Claw toe can also cause pain. These are two different conditions because they affect different toe joints. Gout often affects the big toe and is an inflammatory condition. This condition can be severely painful and swelling can also occur. It may be seen in those with diabetes, but can occur in those without this disease as well. It requires prompt treatment and daily medication thereafter to prevent further attacks. Outside of an injury, the two most common conditions that affect the ball of the foot are a pinched nerve and an inflamed joint. The most common location of a pinched nerve is between the 3rd and 4th toes. The symptoms consist of aching, sharpness, burning or numbness. There are several causes of a pinched nerve including narrow shoes. Some of the other common causes of pain in the ball of the foot are wearing shoes with little cushion, extremely high arches, standing on concrete all day and wearing away of the protective foot pad. The symptoms are generally all similar including aching, throbbing, burning, sharpness and numbness. Arch or instep pain may be a result of a stress fracture of the navicular, one of the bones in the midfoot, or a tendinopathy or inflammation of the extensors tendons of the foot. However, the most common cause of pain is a strain of the ligament than runs under the arch from the ball of the foot to the heel called plantar fasciitis. Telling the Difference Inflamed or injured nerves can take time to improve. But if your pain continues despite several months of treatment, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery can remove the neuroma or create a wider space for the affected nerve to travel through. Shooting pain in the ball of the foot is most likely caused by a neuroma which is a form of nerve inflammation that causes burning, shooting, or throbbing pain. It is commonly caused by an injury or shoes that are too tight. The location of the pain?often referred to as Morton?s Neuroma?is usually between the third and fourth toe; the pain can be located between the second and third toe as well. Stand straight with hand on wall or on chair. Grab ankle and carefully bring up to butts. Hold for 20 ? 25 seconds. Repeat exercise with various other leg.
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