Come all ye faithful to the Holiday Sing-along and Downtown Stroll, taking place Dec. 6. The fun starts with a tree lighting and festive caroling in front of the Capitol, then heads to downtown Austin, where shops are staying open late and featuring special activities and offers. If you have ball of foot pain, though, strolling around downtown probably doesn’t have you singing “Joy to the World.” Not to worry. Here are some ways to stop ball of foot pain before it stops you from joining in on all the holiday fun:
Rest up—elevate your foot whenever you can and opt for low-impact activities like biking or swimming for a while.
Ice is nice—applying ice packs wrapped in a thin towel for 20-minute increments throughout the day can help reduce the pain and swelling.
Shoe smarts—Make sure that you are wearing shoes that fit properly and are appropriate for your activity. Shoe inserts or custom orthotics can help provide extra support, comfort, and shock absorption. There are also special pads you can use to help keep stress away from the painful area.
Safely stretch—gentle strengthening and stretching exercises can help improve discomfort as well as prevent a recurrence.
If you are struggling with ball of foot pain, medically known as metatarsalgia, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help get your feet feeling festive in no time. Come see us in Austin, TX or make an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS by calling (512) 328-8900. We’ll help you get into the holiday spirit and stop ball of foot pain now!
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