METATARSALGIA

Description

Metatarsalgia is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed

Symptoms

  • Burning pain
  • Sharp aching
  • Pain in the ball of foot
  • Shooting pain in toes
  • Tingling sensation in toes

Causes

  • Intense training or activity
  • Certain foot shapes
  • Foot deformities
  • Excess weight
  • Poorly fitting shoes
  • Stress fractures
  • Medical conditions:
  • Bunion
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Diabetes

Risk Factors

  • Athletes
  • Obese or overweight patients
  • Individuals with foot problems
  • People who wear high heels or shoes

Diagnostic Tests

  • X-Ray
  • MRI Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Gait
  • Blood test

Treatment

  • Steroid injections
  • Foot surgery
  • Ice pack for affected area

Lifestyle Management

  • Use metatarsal pads
  • Consider arch supports
  • Wear proper footwear
  • Rest
  • Maintain bodyweight