Orthotics like the Metatarsal Gel Pad help to reduce the pressure on the-ball-of-the-foot and also control excessive movement of the foot and ankle joints, reduce pronation and provide cushioning to protect the feet. The orthotic is constructed with the pad placed behind the ball-of-the-foot to relieve pressure and redistribute weight from the painful area to more tolerant areas. Normally use elastic tape to position the pad loosely. Additional Treatment Footwear designed with a high, wide toe box (toe area) allows the foot to spread out. Stabilizer Insoles with arch support reduces pressure on the ball-of-the-foot. Both are ideal for treating the pain. Exercises Pain under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) is a common complaint with women wearing high-heeled shoes, as well as men wearing work boots or other hard shoes while standing for long periods of time. Pain in this area of the foot may also occur when wearing hard shoes without any cushioning inside, such as work boots. What causes Ball of Foot Pain? Metatarsalgia is often described as a burning sensation in the ball of the foot, often combined with excess callous forming. The pain worsens when wearing high heels or tight fashion shoes for longer periods of time. To prevent aching feet, one needs to strengthen lower leg muscles and shin splints. Athletic activities stress the ankles to a great extent. Even walking and standing for long durations of time can cause pain in the ankles. So, to strengthen ankles and leg muscles, plantar flexion exercises are a must. Following are some best suggested exercises to get rid of plantar flexion pain! Ankle rolls. With your right foot ankle crossed over your left knee, lace the fingers of your left hand between the toes of your right foot and rotate your ankle, first in one direction, then in the other direction. Repeat with the left foot. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons or ACFAS, tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the posterior tibial nerve is compressed or squeezed as it passes through the tarsal tunnel. The tarsal tunnel is a small space on the inside of the ankle through which arteries, veins, tendons and nerves must pass. Some types of foot conditions may be debilitating or excruciatingly painful, including stress fractures, arthritis and gout. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons or AAOS, stress fractures may develop due to overtraining, wearing inappropriate footwear or performing harmful training techniques. I Have blisters all over my feet (Heels, balls of the feet, under the big toe) from playing soccer all day for the last 3 days and I need to get rid of them quickly before my vacation in 2 days. Does anybody know how to get rid of them or at least make them less painful fast? I have the Puma Powercat 1.12. During a match, i get pain in the ball of my big toe, right where my foot bends. I could feel the stud right on my bone. Any ways to fix this? I'm more of an agressive all mountain boarder. I don't visit the park often, maybe a few small kickers. I'm after speed, deep power, and hard fast turns. I just got new bindings, burton malavitas restrictes, with the curved high backs. And those have helped a lot. I duck out my back foot pretty heavy and these bindings help me keep edge. I have 2 boards that I ride a Burton NUG 146 and a Joystick 155. Ones doing something with ice and cups but the other 3 are just taking the pain along with me. What should we do? do make it go away faster or get a brace? While all the above conditions are easily treated, many athletes often delay obtaining proper treatment out of a fear of having to discontinue their activity. Treatment delay not only allow the injury to worsen, but it also can lead to a more complicated injury pattern that is far more difficult to properly heal from. Sports injuries of the the foot , even seemingly minor ones, should have a proper evaluation by a foot specialist due to the unique nature of the foot in relation to our body and the requirements of walking. Problems associated with microcirculation, common in diabetics, are a frequent cause or contributor to neuropathy and neuropathic pain. Neuropathies are often classified as diabetic or idiopathic meaning without known cause. Yet in either case, improvement in control of blood sugars and circulation of blood and qi may significantly help recovery of nerve function and increase overall health and wellbeing. Laser therapy, in particular, has been documented to improve blood sugars in diabetics, even when being given to address completely unrelated issues. See Laser Therapy in Diabetes At times, pain may worsen due to cold weather. So, keep yourself warm by wrapping yourself in wool, flannel, or fleece blankets. But having worked with people with pain issues for more than 30 years, I also have to say that there are times when we've tried everything, and the person is still in pain. Obviously, those are the times that call for surgery. And sometimes people are just in such severe pain that immediate surgery is the only merciful solution. Raise your feet so that the blood is dispersed equally to the entire leg and foot. To do this, location 2-3 hard pillows on a flat surface then rest placing your feet on the pillow. This will put your feet at a higher height and relieve the discomfort.