How to Treat Metatarsalgia

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To treat metatarsalgia, massage each bone of the foot to relieve pain and get oxygen to the tissues. Use an ice water bottle to relieve pressure and inflammations in your foot with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy, and today, we're going to be discussing how to treat Metatarsalgia. The materials that we'll be using today, we'll be a nice comfortable treatment table, chair or a bed, as well as an ice water bottle. O.k., treatment of Metatarsalgia involves massaging your own foot. So, what we're going to do is, have Michelle cross her foot over her knee, o.k. And, as she pull she foot and her toes up and brings them up into a nice, good stretch. She wants to feel the metatarsals which are the individual bones of the foot. Get a nice good stretch, both on top and below. Right now, Michelle will be crossing her leg over her knee and with her closest hand, she'll be taking her knuckles into her fist. And coming down along the bottom side of the foot, giving herself a nice massage. Getting some good circulation by pressing her knuckles into the bottom of the foot. And stimulating that good circulation to relieve pain and get oxygen to the tissues. In addition to that, she can then take with both hands and separate the bones, just moving them two and fro. To again, get mobility and circulation. This helps to relieve the pain of Metatarsalgia. Another treatment for Metatarsalgia is utilizing an ice water bottle, by placing the foot on top of the bottle and rolling back and forth. To relieve some pressure and inflammation in the muscles and tendons of the foot. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque from Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And we've discussed how to treat Metatarsalgia, utilizing some exercise of stretching as well as some pressure and some ice bottle massage, to decrease pain and inflammation. Should you have additional pain or inflammation, please contact your physical therapist or physician for further evaluation.

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