Metatarsalgia is a medical condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. Metatarsalgia usually develops in people engaging in running or jumping activities or by wearing ill-fitting shoes. Symptoms of Metatarsalgia are:
• Sharp, burning or aching pain in the ball of foot
• Pain that worsens when you stand, run or flex your foot
• Numbness or shooting pain or tingling in toes
• Feeling of having a pebble in shoes
HOW IS METATARSALGIA DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination and an x-ray would be recommended to rule out any other causes of the foot pain such as fracture.
HOW IS METATARSALGIA TREATED?
Physiotherapy may be considered to improve symptoms of Metatarsalgia. When complications arise due to Metatarsalgia and it does not subside with simple remedies, surgical alignment of metatarsal bones may be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Choosing the right shoes with proper cushioning and support when playing sports is important in protecting the foot from injuries.