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How I Dealt With Ball Of Foot And Toe Pain
Toes don't touch on healthy feet!
The gel hammer toe cushion helps lift and straighten bent toes.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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
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