The truth is, toning and firming up your leg, hip and thigh area is not achieved by using all those weight machines, and heavy dumbbells and barbells that could get you all pumped up with much more muscle than you were looking to build, or cause serious, long term injuries! (we've all heard these horrible stories, right?) Place your hands on your hips or hold them out in front of you, or out to the side. SLOWLY, step down with your left foot & LIGHTLY touch the floor with your toes & the ball of the foot (keep your heel off the ground). Metatarsalgia is a condition which is marked by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The nerve that runs between the third and the fourth metatarsal bones is inflamed, giving rise to pain. With every step, the nerve is pushed together between the metatarsal bones and is rubbed, pressed and irritated constantly, without any relief. It may be caused due to intense physical activities, when your feet are impacted by running and jumping. Ill-fitting shoes can also give rise to this condition. The other conditions which can also cause metatarsalgia is hammertoe, which is developed due to the usage of high heels. The plantar fascia supports the bones of the heels and maintains the arch of the heel. The heel stimulates is a bony projection that leads away from the plantar fascia into the surrounding tissues of the body. Generally, heel stimulates and plantar fasciitis together trigger acute pain in the foot. The serious foot pain experienced by you, when you put your weight on your foot, while taking first action, is since of the heel stimulate poking into the surrounding living mass of tissues, nerves, ligaments and muscles. Your physician could suggest you to take an X-ray of the feet to detect the heel spur. Pain in the balls of your feet is a common problem. The general term used to describe the condition is metatarsalgia, which refers to the metatarsal bones at the top of the foot's arch. Causes of pain include arthritis, disorders in your foot's structure, muscle weakness and injury. Wearing tight shoes and high heels can also cause problems in the balls of your feet. Metatarsalgia This kind of pain is commonly caused by an injury or shoes that are too tight. The location of the pain is usually between the third and fourth toe; the pain can be located between the second and third toe as well. Don't Forget Your Shoes! Most walkers wear the wrong size shoes which can cause blisters, loss of toenails, and aches and pains. Proper fit is one of the most important factors in finding the correct shoes for your walking adventure. Make sure you try both shoes on and walk around in them before you buy them. While standing (not sitting) you should have about a fingers width between your big toe and the end of the shoe. Make sure the shoe is wide enough. You should be able to freely wiggle your toes inside the shoe. Buy your shoes several months before the walk and train in them. Combine 3 tablespoons of deep conditioner with 3 tablespoons of Epsom Salt. Microwave the mixture for 20 seconds. Work the warm mixture through your hair from scalp to ends and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Promotes body and life in your hair and restores curl to permed hair. Combine a gallon of distilled water, a cup of Lemon juice (fresh or bottled), and 1 cup of Epsom Salt. Cap the mixture and let it sit for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal. A few ways that you can begin improving your Foot Health and offering much demand pain relief is with using orthotics. Typically prescribed by a Podiatric doctor, orthotics have been utilized for many years to offer the support and comfort that feet require. From arch support to heel cushioning, orthotics do an excellent task taking care of your feet and ensuring that you are walking effectively to fend off pain due to incorrect foot positioning or weak arch support. Now with over-the-counter orthotics such as insoles, discomfort patients can buy relief easier than ever - in your regional store or online. No runner is strictly a forefoot striker or a heel striker. Form, gait and stride depends on many factors, including the terrain, speed, and how tired you feel. Injury rates may also be related to shoe type and training regimes. Some of the runners in the study ran in well-cushioned high quality shoes and became injured, while others wearing poorer quality shoes did not. In general, runners who landed on their heels and hind-foot were much more prone to injuries in spite of the shoes they wore, or training regimes. Race distance and miles per week was also correlated with injury rates. Achilles pain is also caused by rubbing of the shoe heel counter against the tendon attachment area. Inappropriate shoes featuring extremely stiff soles, limit the forefoot movement, and result in tendon pain. The tendon in women wearing high-heeled shoes, get shortened. Further, when they wear flat shoes and run, the tendon is put under increased pressure and pain. Jonathan Blood Smyth is a Superintendent Physiotherapist at an NHS Hospital in the South-West of the UK. With over 15 years experience of managing orthopaedic conditions and looking after joint replacements, he specializes in managing chronic pain. Visit his site if you are looking for Physiotherapists in Croydon or throughout the UK.