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Metatarsalgia is a general term used to denote a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region of the foot (the area just before the toes, more commonly referred to as the ball-of-the-foot). This is a common foot disorder that can affect the bones and joints at the ball-of-the-foot. Metatarsalgia (ball-of-foot-pain) is often located under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsal heads, or more isolated at the first metatarsal head (near the big toe).
HOW IS METATARSALGIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis would be done by an orthopaedics expert who would do an X-ray and examine the pain and swelling.
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?
Wearing of proper size and easy fitting shoes helps prevent Metatarsalgia