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One of the most popular current television shows is AMC’s The Walking Dead. For those who are unfamiliar with this element of pop culture, it is essentially a show about people trying to survive in a world of zombies. Well, Houston-area residents have the opportunity to experience this in the 5KRunDead Zombie Run on February 15, and benefit Alzheimer’s research at the same time! Given that the year is fresh, a great way to stick with resolutions for more exercise is training to outrun and avoid zombie attacks. While doing so, it is important to take note when you experience ball of the foot pain.
The pain you experience is potentially caused by a condition known as metatarsalgia. This ailment is when you have ball of the foot pain due to inflammation that was onset by running, jumping, or even wearing ill-fitting shoes. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that will likely prove to be effective:
Take a break from running for a while. Rest is a key component to helping with metatarsalgia, but you can also continue to get exercise by switching to low-impact activities like swimming and cycling.
Ice the area that hurts. Your pain comes from inflammation and ice will help take the swelling down and provide relief.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or aspirin reduce the inflammation and pain.
Wear shoes that are appropriate for your sport (no long-distance running in basketball shoes, etc.). Also, if running is your cup of tea, buy your footwear at a store that caters to runners. The staff there will show you models that work better for your particular foot and running styles.
Use shock-absorbing inserts or arch supports. These will help cushion shock and minimize stress on your metatarsal bones. If you aren’t sure which types are best for you, come in and see us. We will help you determine what you need to alleviate your symptoms.
The caring staff at Foot & Ankle Associates don’t want you to be eaten by zombies. We want you to be able to continue your training so that you can deftly avoid the undead, so come see Dr. Marco Vargas if you are experiencing ball of the foot pain, or any other foot or ankle issue. Make an appointment at Sugar Land’s top podiatry practice by calling (888) 784-5335 or using our online form today!
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