Metatarsalgia is a generic term for common foot pain and inflammation caused in the Metatarsophalangeal joints. It is often associated with protrusion, pain, and sensitivity around the callus therefore is linked to a variety of foot problems that are likely to last a lifetime if not treated on time. Metatarsalgia is often caused due to interdigital nerve pain or sub metatarsal head fat atrophy prominently due to aging. It is also a symptom in case of overuse of the foot or excessive pressure on the metatarsal bones.

However, since it might lead to permanent foot damage over a lifetime. Metatarsalgia must be treated on time with utmost precautions. Since metatarsalgia is primarily a muscle injury, it is often believed to be treated by a regular stretching regime. The most important areas to focus on for the recovery of metatarsalgia are the calf muscles, ankles, and toes, and a stretching routine is likely to decrease the pain by strengthening the muscles of these areas to prevent metatarsalgia. A physical therapist can always help you in a better understanding of the biomechanics of the foot and how stretching is the most likely solution to your problem.

The process usually starts with relieving the excess pressure on the affected area of the foot that is causing the trouble which is usually followed by the stretching mechanism to restore the normal functioning of the foot and prevent future injuries including metatarsalgia.

A few stretching exercises to cure your metatarsalgia symptoms and problems include calf stretch, Achilles tendon stretch, ankle extension, and ankle flex. A few of these are explained below.

Calf stretch: stand at one hand distance against the wall and place your hands on the wall. Take one foot forward while keeping your other leg stretched back with your heel on the floor. Hold the stretching position for 1 minute and switch legs to repeat the same.

Ankle extension: start by sitting on a chair. Place the injured foot over the knee of the other foot. Hold the ankle with one hand and toes with the other and pull the toe inside until it feels a little uneasy but not painful. Stretch for 10 seconds.

The above few stretching exercises will help you relieve metatarsalgia and the associated pain. We hope they prove effective for your uneasiness and provide you with some relief.


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