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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 03, 2016
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

If you have pain or a burning feeling in the ball of your foot, especially when you're walking barefoot or during sports or workouts, you may have a chronic inflammation condition called metatarsalgia. Some patients also develop a callus under the inflamed area because of the extra pressure on the ball of the foot.

Metatarsalgia is an inflammation problem caused by the stress of repetitive pressure and impact. Your foot has 5 metatarsal bones running from the toes to the ankle. Over time the adjacent tendons and ligaments may become irritated and inflamed as well as the actual bone coverings.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

This condition is an overuse injury, where the foot experiences repeated stresses and does not have enough time to heal between activities. Amateur and professional athletes, especially those who enjoy high-impact sports, are at high risk for metatarsalgia. Sports that involve running or jumping can be especially problematic.

Other causes of this inflammation include:

  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Excess weight
  • Toe muscles that are too weak or too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Intense weight-bearing activities
  • Certain foot deformities like hammertoe, claw toe or a very high arch
  • Footwear that does not fit properly
  • Excessive foot pronation or inward roll when running or walking

Try Conservative Treatments First

Conservative or at-home remedies are often successful in treating metatarsalgia:

  • Take some time off from your intense workouts and sports. This lets the pressure off the affected area and allows it to rest and heal.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications - with your doctor's permission - can relieve the inflammation.
  • Ice the area several times a day.
  • Wear shoes that are supportive and well-fitting.
  • Try to lose weight to lessen the stress on your feet.

Contact Clark Podiatry Center if your pain and discomfort continues even after trying these methods. The first thing we will do is take x-rays in our office to rule out any possible fracture. We'll do a comprehensive examination to check for any other similar problems like Morton's neuroma or bursitis.

We've found that wearing custom-fitted orthotics can be very successful in reducing the over-pronation and relieving excess pressure. Once the inflammation and pain have lessened, we will work with you on getting you back into your workout program with some appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises.

We Can Successfully Treat the Pain of Metatarsalgia

Don't let your discomfort continue - reach out for Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center. Please call us today at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment or use the contact information at the website. It's important to treat the symptoms of metatarsalgia as well as address any underlying causes to get long-lasting relief.


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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470