How I Dealt With Ball Of Foot And Toe Pain

Toes don't touch on healthy feet!

Most people wear shoes that are too tight! From now on, I will only wear shoes that allow me to spread my toes completely. I would much rather look a little funny and walk easily than hobble around in fancy shoes!
Most people wear shoes that are too tight! From now on, I will only wear shoes that allow me to spread my toes completely. I would much rather look a little funny and walk easily than hobble around in fancy shoes! | Source

The gel hammer toe cushion helps lift and straighten bent toes.

PediFix Visco-GEL Hammer Toe Cushion - One Size Fits Most
PediFix Visco-GEL Hammer Toe Cushion - One Size Fits Most

At first I used this every day. Now it is uncomfortable to use every day, but if I notice that my second toe is bent up, I use it and it is comfortable to use. I found that putting the loop over my third toe works better for me than putting it over my second toe.

 

Gel separators are comfortable and stay in place easily.

PediFix Visco-GEL Toe Spacers - Medium
PediFix Visco-GEL Toe Spacers - Medium

I use one of these between my big toe and second toe on my right foot every day. This really helps alleviate the pain I was feeling at the base of my second toe.

 

Just a little bit of foot pain changed my life!

When I was a teenager, I wore 6-inch high heels. As a result, I have a bunion on my right foot. Up until recently, it was unsightly but not painful. Suddenly, about a month ago, I began experiencing so much pain in the ball of my foot and in my second toe that I could not perform simple tasks like taking my dogs and my donkey for a walk.


Since I do not have health insurance, it was up to me to figure out what to do about this sad state of affairs. In this article, I will share some of the solutions I arrived at.

I am not in any way recommending you do these things, since I am not a doctor or a podiatrist, but I will say that these steps have worked for me.


When I first began experiencing pain in my foot, I noticed that my second toe was curling up in a classic hammer-toe position. I felt as if I wanted something under it to hold it straight and provide padding to the bottom of the foot. I went to Amazon to look at orthopedic gadgets and selected a few items. While waiting for delivery, I came up with a temporary solution.


I took a cotton ball and tore it in half. I crushed and shaped it to form a semi-triangular pad and placed at the point where my second toe connects with my foot. Then I cut a piece of athletic tape big enough to hold it in place. I was glad to find that this held my homemade cushion in place very well and provided quite a bit of relief from pain.

I actually bought this for my donkey!

Corona Ointment
Corona Ointment

I bought a big tub of Corona Salve for my donkey because he chews on his legs in the summer time. It did not work well for his open wounds, but I repurposed it for my foot calluses after checking all the ingredients online and ascertaining that none are dangerous for humans. It works well. It is very thick and greasy, so I apply it just to calluses and then wear an old pair of cotton socks for about half an hour until it soaks in.

 

Keep sole of foot pads in place with athletic tape.

Ringside Athletic Trainers Cotton Tape, 1-InchX30-Feet, 15 Rolls
Ringside Athletic Trainers Cotton Tape, 1-InchX30-Feet, 15 Rolls

I bought athletic tape a couple of years ago to keep a bandage on my donkey! I have been amazed at how handy it is for general first aid. The pads that are made for use on the soles of feet don't typically stay in place. Athletic tape holds them securely for as long as 48 hours!

 

Corn remover pads are also handy for small calluses.

Dr. Scholl's Corn Removers, 9-Count Packages (Pack of 8)
Dr. Scholl's Corn Removers, 9-Count Packages (Pack of 8)

I used these and some larger callus pads that are very similar to reduce the callus that I think was really central to my foot pain. The instructions say you can continue to use the pads without the salicylic acid inserts once your callus is gone. This seems to work well for me.

 

Paying close attention to the way my feet responded to care brought positive results!

I continued to use my cotton ball cushion, and it continued to help; however, one day I was at the store and I saw some corn removal pads. These small pads seemed just the right size to pad the locus of pain. Additionally, I had realized that there was a callus at that pain point, and I thought the salicylic acid pads might help remove that callus.

I applied one pad just as I had the cotton balls, and I covered it with athletic tape to keep it in place. Instructions on these pads say to leave them in place for 48 hours. The athletic tape held very well for this period of time, and the pads reduced my pain a great deal. I think the salicylic acid (aspirin) helped with the pain, too. I later found some larger callus pads that work the same way. They are fairly comfortable, but the corn pads are really a better size for me.

I did not use these pads continuously. I would wear the pad for 48 hours, take a bath, use a pumice stone, slather my feet with lotion, apply Corona Salve to calluses and put on cotton socks to help the treatment soak in. I reapplied the pads in the morning. The callus has reduced in size, so I just use the pads without the salicylic acid now.

I also did not use the pads for two straight weeks as package directions recommended because I did not want to burn a hole in the bottom of my foot with the salicylic acid! The larger pads did take a layer of skin off that was a bit painful, but I have treated it successfully with an antibiotic salve and a band aid covered with athletic tape.

Get Happy Feet With These Great Realignment Socks!

Foot Alignment Socks (Set of 2 - L/xl)
Foot Alignment Socks (Set of 2 - L/xl)

These are really excellent! Every night when I get into bed, I give myself a foot massage with lotion, apply Corona cream to calluses and put these on. I usually wake up after an hour or so and take them off, but occasionally I wear them overnight. They have really reduced my foot pain and helped me see daylight between my toes!

 

My bottom of foot pain is fairly resolved...

Now, after about a month of focused foot care, I am fairly pain free. I find that some days I do not want to use the hammer toe cushion, and some days I need it. Sometimes I want to use a small pad, and some days I want to use a smaller pad. I also occasionally use my LED light therapy device on the sole of my foot, and that seems to be very helpful. I should probably do that more often.

The hammer toe has straightened quite a bit, and I think that it may have been curled up in a reaction to the callus. If the toe is curled up, there is less pressure on the callus. Now that the callus is reduced, the toe is straightened.

So, that’s my experience with my aging and abused feet! As I said, I’m not telling you to do any of this. I’m just telling you what worked for me. What I will tell you is that, if you wear high heels or shoes that put pressure on your toes, you should stop doing it. No matter what age you are, take care of your feet. Having trouble walking because of painful feet while you feel fine otherwise is not a good thing!



Copyright:SuzanneBennett:July 24, 2013

I love these toe relaxers!

Profoot Flex-tastic Toe Relaxers, Fits All, Contains 2
Profoot Flex-tastic Toe Relaxers, Fits All, Contains 2

I use these while bathing and sometimes while watching TV. They really leave my feet feeling relaxed and comfortable. I think using these and the Happy Feet socks has really helped get my feet back in shape.

 

Walking barefoot promotes healthy feet!

According to my friend, Suza Francina's book, walking barefoot is essential to healthy feet, and the more it bothers you, the more you need it. I have to admit, I'm still working on it!
According to my friend, Suza Francina's book, walking barefoot is essential to healthy feet, and the more it bothers you, the more you need it. I have to admit, I'm still working on it! | Source

Learn About Foot Fitness Over 50 And More!

The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife & Older Beginners
The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife & Older Beginners

Suza Francina is one of my Facebook friends. She is an excellent yoga instructor and writer. This is one of her three books, and it contains a very informative chapter on Yoga For Feet And Knees Over 50. I highly recommend it for great tips and advice on yoga positions, foot massage, and foot care to revitalize and stretch your feet!

 

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

So glad to know that this worked for you Suzanne. I ended up having Morton's Neuroma surgery years ago which can also be caused by wearing high heels. Not fun! Wrote a hub about it. Sounds like you came up with a good home remedy. I am walking barefoot more often in our home. Have also been reading good things about doing that. We only have two feet and need to take care of them! Up and useful votes, and will be happy to share and pin.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

This is a great article! Not enough people take care of their feet and that is the part of the body that people should pay special attention to. All of your body's weight is on them every day stressing and straining them. Also, if you develop issues later on in life like diabetes or circulatory problems with your legs, not taking care of your feet early in life can be very serious later on. I often wear heels and I had a few issues with my feet. To make a long story short, my physician sent me to a podiatrist and I have been to her a few times. I have learned a lot from her as well as the importance of taking care of your feet regularly. You offered excellent tips for foot maintenance that everyone should follow. I am glad to hear your feet are doing better because I know how unpleasant it is when they are sore. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Peggy and Rose! :) Peggy, I just don't like to have my feet uncovered. I don't like for them to get dusty, and they feel dry if I don't wear shoes. I just can't stand it! :D I do wear some pretty comfy flip-flops indoors that have little massage nubs on them and give good support, but I wouldn't want to be barefoot! I have never liked walking outdoors barefoot, even when I was a child!


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas Author

Peggy, I couldn't find your Morton's Neuroma HUB. Please feel free to post a link here :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I've struggled with foot pain(neuropothy) for years. I have terrible bunions as well has hammer toes caused by my singing career and wearing high heels for many years on and off stage. Thanks for your tips and useful advice. I really admire you! Voted up, useful, awersom, interesting and sharing.


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Vocal Coach! Be sure to try the toe relaxers and Happy Feet socks. I really, really like them. They make a HUGE difference! :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I can relate to your experience. I only buy shoes that add comfort and custion to my walk due to foot and knee pain. It is funny how a good pair of shoes makes all the difference. Thanks for the information. Voted up!


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks! Yeah, I just hate to see young girls wearing high heels, and now the fashion industry is marketing them to gullible young men, too. Such a racket to cause a person a lifetime of expensive orthotics, shoes and medical bills. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

OK Suzanne since you asked, here is the link:

http://hubpages.com/health/Does-wearing-high-heele...


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas Author

Many thanks! :)


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to read again. Hope by now your feet are in tip top shape! No share buttons visible.


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justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks! Yeah, actually I have some updates I have been meaning to make into an article. Thanks for the nudge! :)


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have been through a great challenge with Ball Of Foot And Toe Pain hope you by now have recovered. Thanks for sharing your experience.It allows others to know more and I about such issues.


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justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you! I have recovered, and I need to write another article about this, but I am always so busy writing SEO articles for other people that I never have time to write for myself! :)


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dianew 20 months ago from Spain

Great hub, very useful tips. Nothing worse than foot pain!


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justmesuzanne 20 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks! :)


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travmaj 20 months ago from australia

Well thanks again Suzanne - I've just ordered a toe separator 'thing' so hope it will help. I'm also guilty of wearing stiletto heels as a teenager, with pointed toes. They looked fabulous then! I have some Rapigel that is used on horses but is also good for human complaints. Heee - where there's a will...


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justmesuzanne 20 months ago from Texas Author

Well, my feet have really improved with all this focus. I think the best thing is the toe separator socks worn all night every night! :)

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