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?
The doctor may examine your feet and evaluate your symptoms first. The doctor will ask you about your lifestyle and activity level. A foot X-ray may help identify Metatarsalgia and rule out other foot problems
HOW IS METATARSALGIA TREATED?
The treatment includes:
• rest for feet
• use an ice pack
• change of footwear
• use shock-absorbing pads or insoles
• maintain a healthy weight
• take painkillers
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.