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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.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
February 15, 2013
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

Heel PainMetatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot -- the part of the sole just behind the toes
  • Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
  • Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
  • Pain that increases when walking barefoot

Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:

  • Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
  • Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
  • Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
  • Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
  • Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.

When conservative treatments aren't affective and pain persists, visit Clark Podiatry Center for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist at our Clark office may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.

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