Ball of the Foot Pain
Foot Stress Fracture Healing Time: [Symptoms & Best Treatment]
Stress Fracture Healing Time – It can take 6 weeks for 50% healing, 12 weeks for 75% healing and 6 months for 95% healing. Learn to heal FASTER!
- Metatarsalgia: which means generalized foot pain without a specific cause.
- Second toe capsulitis: this is the inflammation of the second toe joint capsule.
- Capsulitis is related to hammertoe formation, and can lead to a plantar plate tear. There is some overlap between these three disorders. As they get worse tearing and ligament damage can occur.
- Morton’s neuroma: this is the damage and inflammation to the nerves between and underneath the metatarsal joints.
- Fat pad atrophy of the ball of the foot: this is the loss of cushioning in the ball the foot.
So, click on the photo gallery to see the specific causes of your ball of the foot pain!
Click on the photo gallery to see the specific causes of your ball of the foot pain!
How Long is Stress Fracture Healing Time?
- Generally stress fractures are mostly impacted by how much pressure you can keep off the bones.
- If it is an area that you can keep pressure off of very easily, then you should do very well, almost within a few weeks.
This is the approximate timeline we see:
- 50% healed in 6 weeks.
- 75% healed in 12 weeks.
- 95% healed in 6 months.
With proper orthotics and shoes you can feel better almost immediately and have minimal pain while creating less future damage.
This is really the way to go, you need to correct the biomechanics that have caused the injury.
Foot Stress Fracture Symptoms:
Foot stress fracture symptoms include a deep aching pain.
- Numbness in site.
- Burning at the site.
- Tingling at the site.
- Increased aching with more pain.
- Increased tenderness with pain.
Foot Stress Fracture Causes:
- Causes of foot stress fracture include increased cyclical loading of the foot metatarsals.
- This is due to too much pressure too quickly.
- This can also be related to a lack of vitamin D.
Speed Up Stress Fracture Healing Time:
Studies show that supplements can really help, but the single most practical thing is simply letting the bone heal with pressure off of it. This can sometimes be done very easily while you can keep working and keeping pressure off of your feet.
- Take vitamin D supplements. This will increase your bone deposition and calcium absorption.
- Get vitamin D through getting good sunlight.
- Take calcium supplements. This will allow you to build bone.
- Offload the foot, any pressure at all will make healing much longer.
- Identify the stress fracture as early as possible. The longer you walk or run on it, the longer it will take to overcome the stress fracture.
- Stop smoking! This is the single biggest thing that can inhibit your healing.
- Elevate your foot and Ice it for 15-20 minutes at a time.
- Check with your Podiatrist ASAP to get it imaged by an X-ray.
Best Shoes for Stress Fractures:
- The best shoes for your stress fracture are any shoes that are still in the heel and stiff through the sole.
- This means shoes that are not extremely flexible.
- This means shoes that you can’t collapse the sides.
- This is the only true benefit of a surgical shoe, it is simply stiff through the sole and it does not bend.
- So don’t worry about spending $200, you can get something affordable as long as it only bends through the big toe and not the rest of the sole of the shoe.
- So the two main criteria are: stiff sole and a stiff heel.
- Bonus criteria are: they fit an orthotic and extremely well fitting.
Stress Fracture Healing Time Advanced Options(More Medical):
- If you are in a real hurry- see if you can get approved for a bone stimulation. These are very expensive, but have been show to increase healing time by 35-50%.
- Bone stimulators are usually only approved if you have systemic problems or a smoker.
- Generally these don’t make a whole lot of sense unless you are in a very high risk situation.
- Keep your white blood cells between 4,500–10,000 or 4.5–10 x 109/liter. This means don’t be sick due to any other type of illness. Or it will be slower with immune suppressants.
- Keep your nutrition levels high. Healing time is aided by keeping your serum albumin at least over 3 g/dL.
There are 4 common sites for a stress fracture!
Most Common To Least Common:
1)The 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsals: These can take between 3-4 weeks at the minimum in an offloading boot or cast!
2)5th Metatarsal: The Jones Fracture: This is a monster. It can take between 6-8 weeks on average. Then even with X-ray it might not be healing.
3)Navicular Bone: This one means trouble. This will also be about 6-8 weeks of casting or boot wearing.
4) Tibial Stress Fracture: This is tough to answer because different treatments will be performed based on the X-ray. But you are looking at the longest healing time with this one.
Ball of the Foot Pain Treatment Infographic:
Ball of the Foot Home Treatment:
- Consider taping, orthotics and great shoes as a combination to fix your foot problem.
- Products are not always necessary to fix your problem.
- The key is correcting the biomechanics that are leading to forefoot overload. Foot overload means too much pressure in the ball of the foot.
- Generally something called ankle joint equinus can lead to a too much pressure in the ball of your foot. This means your ankle is not flexible enough to move up and down.
- Ball of the foot pain treatment consists of two phases, first is control inflammation, next is to control bio-mechanics.
Remove Control Inflammation:
Massage & Ice Products:
- The metal ball is one of my personal favorites.
- This works great for your arch, less for the ball of the foot.
- These can help relax the arch or heel ligaments, leading to less pressure in the ball of the foot.
- Pills, creams and ice will never completely fix your problem alone. What they will do is reduce the pressure on the area.
Menthol Based Gels:
- Biofreeze is one of our favorites.
- These gels have been studied to work 2x as long as ice.
- This works great for the ball of the foot.
- Consider using these as options when resting on the couch or going to sleep at night.
- These can work great for loosening your muscles.
- This is means for your hamstring and calf muscles. This can loosen the ankle tightness putting pressure on the ball of your foot.
- This allows less tightness and pressure on the ball of your foot.
Ball of the Foot Stress Relief.
- The key is to prevent future pain.
- If you can get rid of the pain and swelling, this will let you start walking normally.
- If you can walk normally, the vast majority of your pain should gradually start to go away.
- This means proper cushion, proper stability and pressure relief from the front of your foot.
- This will relieve pressure from your big toe, your 2nd toe, your Morton’s neuroma, your plantar plate, hammer toes and joint capsules.
Best Metatarsalgia Shoes:
- Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed from the ball of your foot.
- This is especially important if you have a metatarsalgia, a Morton’s neuroma, 2nd metatarsal overload syndrome and capsulitis!
- Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotic for best pain relief!
- The following link will show you what our favorites are.
Best Ball of the Foot Insoles:
- These are our recommended orthotics & insoles.
- There are different types for different shoes.
- Women’s shoes usually need a less bulky orthotic, but allow for less correction.
- A full length orthotic requires a running shoe, boot or comfortable walking/dress shoe.
Best Full Length Orthotics:
- Full length orthotics are the most recommended type for ball of the foot pain.
- Be aware that if they are too uncomfortable, it might be worth starting with a less corrective pair.
- Eventually you can then work your way up to these.
Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
- These are a stronger option for shoes with tight dress shoes.
- Just be aware that less corrective orthotics & tight shoes are usually not a good combination.
Best 3/4 Length Orthotics:
- These may be a good option for ball of the foot if the full length orthotics are too tight or too uncomfortable.
Get A Great Dynamic Stretch:
- It is possible to stretch on your own, but these products can also really help!
- Personally I have the stationary block set up in my kitchen to stretch every day multiple times while getting my coffee!
- This will take pressure off of the ball of your foot.
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