Once at the site, we each grabbed a chunk of wood, placed it on a growing pile in the centre of the grassy field in which we gathered and returned for more wood. The fireball rose high above our heads and lit up the night sky. The heat emanating from the mammoth bonfire forced us all to take a giant sized step back. We stood encircling the beast of nature, holding hands. Silent. Horrified. We had learned a little song inside to sing during the entire walk - two lines that repeated to infinity about the earth and every step we take being sacred. Some of the best treatments come from being proactive. Keep body weight at a healthy level, and stick to shoes that fit properly, particularly in the toe area. Avoid high heels whenever possible. A regular checkup with a podiatric physician who can assess other risk factors, such foot shape, also will allow you to take preventive measures. Pain in the area between the arch and toes, or ball of the foot, is generally called metatarsalgia. The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in this mid-portion of the foot. Also known as dropped metatarsal heads, metatarsalgia can cause abnormal weight distribution due to overpronation. Gaining relief from Metatarsalgia begins with wearing footwear with metatarsal arch support. For rapid relief we suggest the Kenkoh Massage Sandal which is a therapeutic device with decades of demonstrated success. Wearing these sandals first thing in the morning and in the evening will increase blood flow, support your metatarsal arch and begin the healing process. Clean skin overgrowth. When you look on the ball of your foot, you'll likely see some thick, yellowish tissue overgrowth that covers the area where the pain exists. This callus helps seal in the corn and walking on your foot causes the corn to burrow deeper into your foot. Heel pain treatment options are numerous, and are concerned with cushioning and supporting the plantar fascia, as well as keeping it in a stretched state to prevent morning foot pain. Whilst heel pain treatment options vary in their effectiveness from individual to individual, there are two which have proved to be highly effective with most sufferers. Heel pain treatment devices for plantar fasciitis can be split into two categories. Those which keep the plantar fascia stretched during rest, such as a plantar fasciitis splint, and those which provide cushioning and ease the strain on the tissue such as heel seats. I would avoid a minimalist shoe that has any kind of cushioning (as I think that maximally stresses your second metatarsal) especially if you are recovering from a stress fracture or develop any “top of the foot” pain. Finally, while this isn’t a problem when running completely barefoot, as it is when running in minimalist shoes, I think you need to work extra, extra hard to take shorter strides than you normally feel comfortable doing. Of course, this advice goes for traditional shoes as well. Lose weight, if necessary, to get close to your ideal weight. If you weigh less, there is less weight on your joints and less pain.