Metatarsalgia – Forefoot Pain Treatment

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Ball foot pain is a common condition that can make activities such as walking or standing painful. Metatarsalgiais the medical term for pain in the metatarsal region of your foot — the area between the arch of your foot and your toes.

Most often, metatarsalgia affects the metatarsal heads or the rounded ends of the long bones in this area. These bones connect to your toes and help support the weight of your body when you stand.

What Causes Metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or that put pressure on the metatarsal heads
  • Certain types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • A direct injury to the metatarsal region, such as from a fall
  • A stress fracture in one of the metatarsal bones

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

The most common symptom of metatarsalgia is a sharp or aching pain in the metatarsal region of your foot. The pain is often worsened by standing or walking, and it may be relieved by resting.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Swelling in the metatarsal region
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected toes
  • A feeling of having a pebble in your shoe
  • A burning sensation in the ball of your foot

The best way to treat metatarsalgia is to avoid activities that worsen the pain and to wear shoes that fit properly and provide good support. Our podiatrists will diagnose your condition and recommend the best treatment options for you, which may include:

  • Resting your foot
  • Wearing shoes with a wide toe box and low heels
  • Using arch supports or custom-made orthotics
  • Medication

In the most extreme cases, we may have to carry out corrective surgery.

If you’re experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, make an appointment with us today. We will carry out a full assessment and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.