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Metatarsalgia is an extreme swelling and inflammation in the balls of the feet, which usually happens because of some kind of external and physical injury. Athletes or people who do a lot of skipping, jumping, or wear the wrong kinds of shoes are prone to getting the same. Sharp and aching pain in the joints, swelling in ball of the feet and worsening of the pain are common symptoms.
HOW IS METATARSALGIA DIAGNOSED?
Various foot problems can cause symptoms similar to those of metatarsalgia. To help pinpoint the source of pain, the doctor will examine the foot and ask about lifestyle and activity level. He may need an X-ray to identify or rule out a stress fracture or other foot problems. A bone scan can pinpoint places of inflammation. Ultrasound can help identify conditions such as bursitis or Morton's neuroma that can be causing pain in the metatarsal region of the foot.
HOW IS METATARSALGIA TREATED?
Conservative methods are suggested for treatment involving pains relieve medications and physical therapy. If the pain is due to hammertoe, a foot surgery may be recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Often, the wrong posture and shoes are attributed to the problem. If not corrected on time, the constant pressure on the balls makes the pain and swelling worse - damaging the nerves.