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Ball Foot Pain

Ball foot pain is the painful foot condition that can occur in the area just before the toes. It is also a common foot disorder. Ball foot pain affects the bones and joints of the foot. The area that is affected is called the metatarsal region therefore ball foot pain is also called Metatarsalgia. We can find that the most pain occurs just near the 2nd, 3rd and 4th toes. Sometimes however ball foot pain is isolated near the big toe.

The main reason for ball foot pain occurring is due to our wearing the wrong types of shoes. Shoes that have a narrow toe area, especially women’s shoes, forces the ball foot area to become restricted. This tiny amount of toe space can inhibit the walking process and it can also lead to extreme discomfort in the front of our feet.

Ball foot pain is very painful and sometimes one of the metatarsal heads (the cushion just before the toes) becomes inflamed. The inflammation occurs due to excessive pressure placed on that region over a long period of time. With ball foot pain it is common to experience acute pain as well as chronic and recurring ball foot pain.

Other reasons for ball foot pain are very high heels, high impact activities that are done without wearing any supporting footwear and orthotics as well. Also aging is another factor in ball foot pain. In this case the cushion in our feet that is near the toes become thin. This thinning out of the fat pad in the metatarsal area can also cause ball foot pain.

In order to cure ball foot pain you need to know what is causing the pain. Any shoes with pointy toes should not be worn any longer. Also wearing footwear with high, wide toe spaces and a low wedge heel reduces the pressure on the foot and stops ball foot pain.

Other ways of relieving pressure to ball foot pain can be done in a variety of ways. There are many foot care products that can be used to help relieve ball foot pain. Orthotics which is designed to relieve ball foot pain will usually feature a metatarsal pad.

The orthotic is made so that the metatarsal pad is placed just behind the area of the metatarsal to relieve the pressure in the foot. Other items that you can use are gel metatarsal cushions and metatarsal bandages. When you wear these products with proper footwear you will experience an immediate relief. And when your feet stop hurting you immediately feel better.

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Pilates and Stretching Proven To Rid You Of Your Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by various things. Some of those things include
straining, too much standing, pulled muscles, prolonged sitting, not getting
enough exercise, and lack of muscle. There are several other things that can
cause back pain that are all too numerous to mention here, but what we are going
to be talking about is getting rid of your back pain by using Pilates and
stretching techniques.
Pilates is a system of physical conditioning
that involves low-impact stretches and exercises. Pilates also involves core
strengthening movements which are great for the back. Since all of the exercises
are extremely low-impact, anyone can do them. They can be done from your home or
at the gym. All you need is a mat and the knowledge of how to perform the
exercises and stretches and you are all set to go. There are several DVD’s and
books available on how to perform Pilates exercises and stretches that can be
found most anywhere from libraries to online.
Back pain can inhibit us
from living our lives. It can keep us from work, cause us to lose sleep, and
prevent us from doing the things that we have always enjoyed. A strong and
relaxed back is one that is unlikely to feel pain. When you build up the
strength of your back slowly and carefully, you are doing one of the best things
that you can do for your body. People often do not realize how important their
backs are until they give out on them. I am sure that those of you reading this
that have back problems agree completely.
A lot of times back pain is
related to poor posture. Did you know that proper stretching combined with the
use of Pilates can actually lengthen your spine and improve your posture? You
might even find that your height changes in length a bit after performing a
series of Pilates exercises. The types of stretches that you do are not at all
painful. An example of an effective Pilates stretch would be to lie down face up
on a mat on a flat surface while pulling your knees to your chest. While you are
doing that, you will slowly lift your head forward until you are in a balled-up
position. These are the simple movements that you will be working with when
performing Pilates. These types of movements help to strengthen the ligaments
and joints in the back that might be weak and are causing your pain.

When our backs are in pain, they let us know it in a big way. We need
to care for our backs in the same fashion that we care for the rest of our
bodies. If we do not keep it strong, it is going to breakdown and become
useless. Pilates and stretching techniques will help you to maintain your back
so that you can be strong and continue to take on life’s most demanding
responsibilities without giving out.

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The author, Steven Giles is a 55 year old former accountant who has been
suffering from back pain for several years and has found that Pilates provides
relief from this. He lives in Greater Manchester in the North-West of