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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 13, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

A condition that many of our patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC have not heard of until they are diagnosed with it is metatarsalgia. The risk for this condition increases as you age. Below are some questions and answers to help you understand metatarsalgia:

What is metatarsalgia?

The 5 long bones that run down the middle of your foot from your toes to your ankles are the metatarsal bones. The end of the bone near your toes is known as the metatarsal head. Metatarsalgia is the name of the condition that occurs when one of the metatarsal joints or the nerves between the bones becomes inflamed. Aging causes the padding on the bottom of the feet to wear down which is why this condition is more common in older patients.

What are the symptoms?

Pain from metatarsalgia is centered in the ball of the foot under one of the metatarsalgia joints. The pain can come on suddenly and may get worse when you are active or you walk barefoot. In some cases patients will have a callus form underneath the affected joint.

What causes metatarsalgia?

Basically, metatarsalgia is the result of either uneven pressure or too much pressure being applied to the metatarsal bone. This can be caused by a multitude of reasons including: shoes with rigid soles, foot injuries or deformities, overuse (particularly if you regularly participate in a weight-bearing sport such as running), prolonged standing on hard surfaces, overpronation (foot turning inward), arthritis and being overweight. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will track down the cause by examining your foot and asking questions about your medical history, lifestyle, job and activities.

How is metatarsalgia treated?

Rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (at the foot doctor’s recommendation) usually relieve the symptoms of metatarsalgia. Long term treatment depends on the cause. The podiatrist may recommend changing the type of shoes you wear, inserting an orthotic device in your shoes, losing weight or treating an underlying condition that is causing the metatarsalgia.

What should I do if I have pain in the ball of my foot? Contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885