What is metatarsalgia?

Doctor examining footMetatarsalgia is an overuse injury you develop in the ball of your foot. Inflammation and irritation where your metatarsal bones and your toes meet make it uncomfortable to stand or walk around, to say nothing of running or playing sports. Metatarsalgia isn’t a very specific condition, though, since it actually encompasses many other ball of the foot problems, including sesamoiditis and Morton’s neuroma. Many people consider it to be a general descriptor for forefoot inflammation.

The good news is, since it’s an overuse injury, conservative care is usually very effective for alleviating pain. Padding the ball of the foot, resting from hard impact activities, and wearing supportive shoes or orthotics are the most common remedies. Icing the ball of the foot when it aches may alleviate irritation and decrease swelling, if there is any. We might recommend anti-inflammatory medications for you, too. You don’t have to live with forefoot pain! Let Podiatry Associates, P.C., help you eliminate it. Call (303) 805-5156 or use our website to make an appointment at our Parker or Castle Pines, CO, office locations.