I just started taping the arch of my foot about two weeks ago, and purchased a golf ball which I roll my foot over to try and dig into the joint as much as possible. It hurts like hell, but am trying to be very dilligent. Every night I massage the area & try to maneuver the toe as much as possible. It has not stiffened at all and is still quite mobile, but it is extremely sore the more active I am.
I had a question regarding my level of activity. I do some type of cardio 3 - 4 times a week at the gym (elliptical, treadmill, etc.), take dance classes, and ride my bike daily to and from work. I notice the pain in my right big toe subsiding when I'm less active, but have not wanted to cut back on my exercise, as I work a fairly sedentary 9 - 5 job. Would you recommend laying off the amount of activity or stepping it up? I don't want to exacerbate the problem any further.
Thanks again so much for your blog!
It is probably best to only do massage and manipulations that stir the toe up once a week only. Daily is too much. Anything done between should be gentle and restorative in terms of encouraging healing. Stir it up more often than once a week does not allow healing and strengthening.
I would be inclined to reduce any exercise sessions that cause toe pain to just three times per week or to do only exercises that are painless for as long as it takes for the toe to fully heal. Avoid activities that have the foot slamming forwards such as often happens in aerobics classes, martial arts. Running on one's toes, rather than heel to toe may injure the toe joint.
Aid healing with a supplement that supplies gluocasamine and chondroitin like the ones here.
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