Treating and preventing metatarsalgia

The following measures will often help improve metatarsalgia and stop it coming back:

  • rest your feet put your feet upregularly and avoid activities that make the pain worse; try low-impact activities such as cycling or swimming instead ofsports that involve a lot of running or jumping
  • usean ice pack apply an ice pack to the affected area for about 20 minutes several times a day (a bag of frozen peas will also work); make sure you wrapit in a towel so it doesn't damage your skin
  • change your footwear tryflat shoes thathave plenty of room for your feet and have a well-cushioned sole; replace any worn out shoes as they could make things worse (read more about choosing sports shoes and trainers )
  • use shock-absorbingpads or insoles these can fit inside your shoes to help cushion your feet;they'reavailable from pharmacies and sports shops,or can be bought online
  • maintain a healthy weight adopting a healthy, balanceddiet and doing regular low-impact exercises can help you lose weight if you're overweight
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help relieve pain and swelling if necessary

Try these measures for afew weeks to see if your symptoms improve.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dez 2018