How does the Ultrasound US 1000 treat Metatarsalgia?
The Ultrasound US 1000 may effectively treat the pain associated with metatarsalgia by reducing the swelling which is a characteristic of this condition. The high frequency sonic stimulation of soft tissue improves circulation in the affected while at the same time gently massaging muscles, tendons and ligaments, decreasing inflammation, soothing pain and accelerating recovery. Ultrasound therapy may be used in combination with other forms of treatment, such as resting, applying ice packs, ingesting over the counter analgesic medication, wearing proper shoes and shock-absorbing insoles, using metatarsal pads, and arch supports. If all else fails, metatarsal bone realignment surgery may be recommended.
The onset of metatarsalgia
In general, metatarsalgia is the result of a shift in the distribution of weight when we walk, jump or run, causing the five metatarsal bones in each foot –and especially the first and second- to sustain a greater impact that they are accustomed to or have been designed to withstand. Additionally, individual factors can also be identified, like intense training and activity (particularly high impact sports like soccer, tennis, baseball, football, and basketball), foot shape (high arches, a second toe longer than the big toe), hammertoe (a downward-curling toe), bunion (swollen, painful bumps at the base of the big toe), excessive weight, ill-fitting footwear (high heels), stress fractures, and Morton’s neuroma.
The symptoms of metatarsalgia include sharp, aching, or burning pain in the ball of the foot; pain around the second, third or fourth toe; shooting pain in the toes, or conversely, numbness or tingling; and feeling like you’re walking with a pebble in your shoe. Frequently, metatarsalgia worsens when standing, walking (even more so if barefoot and on a hard surface) or running, as opposed to resting; as well as when the feet are flexed.
Neglecting to treat metatarsalgia can lead to pain in other areas of the same foot and the opposite foot too; and pain in other parts of the body, including the low back and hip, caused by limping. Since the symptoms of metatarsalgia are similar to those of other foot conditions, a doctor may have to order X-ray tests, ask about the patient’s lifestyle and activity, and of course closely probe the foot. If you believe you’re experiencing the signs of metatarsalgia, you can help your doctor by making a list of symptoms, and jotting down questions you can ask him, such as whether you could use the Ultrasound US 1000 unit as treatment for your particular case.
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