- Ice Pack for 15 minutes 3 times per day on the bottom of the foot, and change the last icing to contrast bathing as the symptoms improve each evening.
- Avoid barefoot and active push off or going up onto the ball of the foot
- Purchase Budin Splints, small longitudinal medial arch Hapads, and small metatarsal Hapads to experiment with immobilizing and off weighting the sore area.
- Mark the sore area with lipstick, transfer to the shoe padding, and try to accommodate the sore area. You can purchase 1/8th inch adhesive felt from Moore Medical to achieve this well.
- Analyze your shoes to see which types feel the best and stick with these. Stiffer the better is a general rule but may not apply to you.
- Experiment with buddy taping the most involved toe to the toe next to it (not to the first toe however), or do a version of spica taping for those two toes to restrict dorsiflexion.
- Use activity modification principles to keep fit. Ride a bike with the pedal on the heel or arch. Use an elliptical without raising the heel off or using any elevation. Swim without pushing off the wall or walking in the shallow end of the pool.
- Purchase an Anklizer removable boot if symptoms are not controlled in shoe gear.
- If the injury was traumatic, like with a fall, or if there is a marked amount of swelling, or an inability to bear weight, seek advice on getting an MRI and baseline x rays.
- If the toe involved has moved to a different position, it is the sign of a displaced fracture or torn ligament, and you should immediately seek advice of a podiatrist or orthopedist.
|For initial immobilization, anklizer boot with EvenUp on the other side, or a hike and bike shoe, or stiff hiking shoe|
|Accommodations can be made using lipstick to exactly mark the sore area|
|Small Longitudinal Medial Arch Hapad for max met pad effect|