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On July 25th from 7:30pm-9:00pm, the Plaza in Sugar Land will become a dance floor under the stars with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors teaching free lessons. You and your partner can be Fred and Ginger, so don’t let foot pain caused by metatarsalgia keep you on the sidelines.
Metatarsalgia is pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. It can be very bothersome and prevent you from living an active life. This condition is found most often in people who do a lot of running or jumping. If you wear ill-fitting shoes it increases your chances. People who have ball-of-foot pain complain of a sharp or aching discomfort that increases with activity and gets better during rest. If you feel pain in this area of your foot consistently, then you might be suffering from metatarsalgia.
Fortunately, this type of foot pain is a fairly simple condition to treat. At-home remedies are usually enough to get the job done. The first thing to do is to discontinue the activity that is causing your discomfort. Rest your feet while applying ice to prevent swelling. You might also consider switching your shoes. If you wear high heels every day, you should think about finding a sturdier, more supportive pair of shoes. Athletes should make sure their shoes have the support and cushioning needed to avoid injury. There are various types of shoe inserts that may also be beneficial, such as shock-absorbing insoles, metatarsal pads, and arch supports. Always remember to warm up before engaging in physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight.
If you have questions about treating and preventing metatarsalgia, or its underlying causes such as foot deformities or Morton’s neuroma, call Dr. Marco Vargas and Dr. Joyce Lee at (888) 784-5335 to schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Associates in Sugar Land, TX.
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