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OTC Treatments for Metatarsal Pain

The metatarsals are a group of bones located in the middle of one’s foot. They are the group of five long bones that each connect to an individual toe. These bones help to form the arch of the foot and endure a tremendous amount of stress due to repetition of motion and the pressure of basic daily activities. Often the metatarsals are subject to some type of injury or bruising, causing foot pain. When these injuries are determined not to be serious in nature, many treat the pain and discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

Potential Medications

On the market today, there are many different kinds of pain relieving medications that are available to choose from over-the-counter. These come in many different strengths and varying forms. Most podiatrists recommend that just the basic aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen is the best types of medications to use to treat the pain of the metatarsals. This type of medicine not only relieves pain but also reduces inflammation of the tissues surrounding the injured bones.

All of these are available at most all local pharmacies as well as many retail stores. Each will cost according to the brand and size or quantity amount that one chooses. Individuals using these medications should follow the recommended dosing directions or ask their physician or podiatrist for instructions. Often a pharmacist can also help to answer any questions a person may have about this and any other over-the-counter medication. It is also suggested that this type of medications be used on a regular schedule until the condition is healed. This keeps the pain under control because once pain becomes severe it is hard to get it under control.

Other Basic Treatments

Many people use other home remedies in combination with the use of over-the-counter medicines. Many try using the R.I.C.E. therapy to promote pain relief. These initials stand for:
• R-Rest
• I-Ice
• C-Compression
• E-Elevation

This method of relief usually is more effective if it is started as soon as the pain begins. Along with resting, exercising the foot and ankle by slowly stretching will help to gain back strength. Ice should be used on the painful area two to three times each day for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes in order to relieve some of the pain and reduce the amount of inflammation.

All of these steps are very basic and easy to follow. After a few days, if the symptoms are not relieved or they begin to worsen, one should seek medical attention from their physician or a podiatrist. Most often, however, a physician must refer a person to a podiatrist in order for them to be evaluated.

Other remedies many times used by individuals are rubs made of different common household ingredients and often these are referred to as poultices. Another form of home treatment is a cool foot soak. Simply place the affected foot and ankle in a pan of cool not cold water for about twenty minutes and do this several times a day in order to promote the reduction of inflammation and swelling. There are other home remedies that many use and often some simple research at a local library or on the internet will produce some very helpful tips.
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