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Metatarsalgia is a condition marked by pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. It often occurs in the metatarsal heads - where the three middle toes meet the ball of the foot. It is a common problem which can affect the bones and joints of the metatarsals.
You may experience metatarsalgia if you're physically active and you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. Or, you may develop metatarsalgia by wearing ill-fitting shoes. There are other causes as well.
Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can sideline you. Fortunately, conservative treatments, such as ice and rest, can often relieve metatarsalgia symptoms. And proper footwear, along with shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports, may be all you need to prevent or minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.
Symptoms of pain can range from mild to severe, and usually become more noticeable and unpleasant when the individual stands or moves. Some describe it as a burning sensation, while others complain of shooting pain, tingling or numbness in their toes. "It is like walking on pebbles."
- A burning pain
- Sharp aching
- Pain in the ball of the foot, this is the metatarsal region, which is just behind the toes
- Pain that can occur near the toes
- Pain that increases when walking in bare feet, and even more so when walking on a hard surface
- Pain that worsens when standing or moving around but decreases when the weight is taken off the feet.
- Shooting pain in the toes
- Tingling sensation in the toes
- Proper Shoe choice is a must
- Icing the area can help to alleviate symptoms
- Use of paddings and offloading devices
- Custom orthotics