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What's the best way to treat metatarsalgia that doesn't seem to be responding to wearin comfortable shoes and resting?

What's the best way to treat metatarsalgia that doesn't seem to be responding to wearin comfortable shoes and resting?

Rest isn't enough: The cause of the metatarsalgia has to be looked into. There may be something mechanical in how you are built and/or walk which needs to be addressed, possibly via the use of a custom orthotic. There can be other causes too, depending on the nature of the symptoms. I'd suggest consulting with a friendly podiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

A broad term used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The most common causes are overuse during physical activity, tight fitting footwear with an elevated heel, and those who run barefoot when ...Read more


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Are Hoka shoes good for metatarsalgia?

Shoes are just shoes: Shoe therapy is only marginal treatment. Metatarsalgia is a vague term that could be any one or several different problems, therefore, you must find out which specific problem you have not just that general term. Then if the problem can be solved with just padding the shoes can be used. ...Read more

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What kind of shoes should I wear if I have metatarsalgia?

Extra support: At the ball of the foot. Avoid extremely flat or extra flexible shoes. You need extra cushion at the forefoot to elevate the bones and reduce pressure. ...Read more

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I experience pain in the joint where my toes meet the ball of my foot. How do I cure it? Metatarsalgia I changed shoes probably two months ago and then a month ago and I feel like that's when the pain appeared. It gets better when I stretch my toes but ove

I experience pain in the joint where my toes meet the ball of my foot. How do I cure it? Metatarsalgia I changed shoes probably two months ago and then a month ago and I feel like that's when the pain appeared. It gets better when I stretch my toes but ove

"Metatarsalgia": "metatarsalgia" is just a general term meaning pain beneath the metatarsal bones. It's not a disease entity, but rather a symptom of something else.

Without more details, it's hard to give you a meaningful answer, but the common causes of pain under the ball of the foot include neuroma (a benign thickening of a nerve), bursitis (inflammation of a little sac of fluid), stress fracture, capsulitis (inflammation of a joint capsule, the membrane that surrounds a joint), tendonitis, sesamoiditis (inflammation of one or both of the two small, round bones invested in a tendon underneath the 1st metatarsal head, and of course, good old "arthritis" and its associated joint issues.

Neuroma pain is usually described as a burning sensation, and typically is relieved by removing one's shoes.

If you can associate the onset of your pain with new shoes or a change in the type of shoes you're wearing, it could still be any one of the aforementioned items that was just made more apparent with a new shoe that was a bit less flexible, perhaps, being new, and pressure and rubbing from the new shoe caused you to feel a pain that was not otherwise felt in those old, comfy shoes.

I apologize for being vague with my answer, but there is an impressive list of problems that can cause "metatarsalgia, " and your best bet is to see a podiatrist and get diagnosed.

Good luck! Feel better. ...Read more

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Can a walking shoe/boot help metatarsalgia? (No stress fracture - MRI confirmed.) Tried everything else - PT, RICE, meds - still no relief. Ouch.

Can a walking shoe/boot help metatarsalgia? (No stress fracture - MRI confirmed.) Tried everything else - PT, RICE, meds - still no relief. Ouch.

Find the cause.: The treatments you have tried are merely examples of treating the symptoms of metatarsalgia and not the cause. The cause is due to damaging pressures being applied to the metatarsal heads over time. Typically, being over weight, improper shoes, high arched feet and over use are the partly responsible. A great walking shoe and eliminating or reducing stressful activities would be a good start. ...Read more

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What happens to people with metatarsalgia?

What happens to people with metatarsalgia?

Pain: Metatarsalgia is inflammation & pain of the front of the foot just before you get to the toes. It is treatable. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for metatarsalgia?

Is there a permanent cure for metatarsalgia?

You need to: Determine what is causing the metatarsalgia. Is it a tight achilles tendon, is it hammer toes causing retrograde buckling on the metatarsal heads? Is it a neuroma or 2 causing the pain.
Orthotics happen to work well and can be tried prior to considering a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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What are the differences between plantar fascists and metatarsalgia?

What are the differences between plantar fascists and metatarsalgia?

Different location: Metatarsalgia is more of a diffuse pain across the metatarsals (ball of the foot and the top of the foot) rather than the heel and arch. Plantar fasciitis will be along the heel and arch for the most part. ...Read more

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Are compression socks good for metatarsalgia?

Are compression socks good for metatarsalgia?

If you are swelling: Compression socks work good for any sewing issues. Padded socks would provide more benefit in this area. Some treatments for metatarsalgia include orthtotics, metatarsal pads and proper shoe gear. ...Read more

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Will cortisone shots help with metatarsalgia?

Yes: They will help with the inflammation but don't forget about:
• rest.
• ice to the affected area.
• take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
• wear proper shoes.
• try shock-absorbing insoles.
• use metatarsal pads.
• consider arch supports.

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Metatarsalgia/knothenry/plantafisha/ganglion/biletaralforefoot &so on cryin cuz it so painfl wot do u thk trment be have ortho x2 did not wrk mde wst?

Rest: Sometimes the best medicine is rest. If your feet are that painful, get off of them. Rest. Ice, antiinflammatories and even immobilization can help. When things are feeling better, start off gradually with orthotics and good shoes. ...Read more

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My metatarsalgia serious cuz I been told I got to stop running for a while I'm high ranked but they said if I carry on running I will never be run aga?

My metatarsalgia serious cuz I been told I got to stop running for a while I'm high ranked but they said if I carry on running I will never be run aga?

Dermal filler: I treat several runners. And when custom orthotics with met pads and injections don't work, I impliment dermal fillers to add a fat pad to the underside of metatarsals head 2 thru 4. Its a termporary fix but works great for patients that can't or won't have surgery. It lasts about 6 months but its not covered under insurance. Finally you have to find a foot and ankle specialist trained in these injec. ...Read more

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I ha 2 orthotics made but they didn't work they made pain worst I got metatarsalgia/ganglions/knothenry/planta fisha that's not all do u think I need op?

I ha 2 orthotics made but they didn't work they made pain worst I got metatarsalgia/ganglions/knothenry/planta fisha that's not all do u think I need op?

No way to know: Without getting a detailed history, doing a thorough exam and reviewing past treatment attempts, including evaluating previous orthotics, it's impossible to say whether surgery is indicated. If your doctor isn't helping, it's not unreasonable to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Should I go to any doctor for metatarsalgia?

Should I go to any doctor for metatarsalgia?

Podiatrist: I would recommend seeing your local podiatrist as his or her training is specifically for foot conditions. ...Read more

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What can I do about metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia: The word means "pain in the metatarsal bones". This is also known as forefoot pain. There are numerous causes and this is generally a "catch-all" diagnosis. You can try otc arch supports that have a bump in the middle of the forefoot for relief. If not helpful, see a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat your foot problem. ...Read more

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Please tell me about suffering from metatarsalgia?

Please tell me about suffering from metatarsalgia?

Pain: It is pain located on the bottom of the foot under the metatarsal bones just behind the toes. It can come from injury or can be overuse or from loss of the fat pad. Can be extremely painful. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time for metatarsalgia surgery?

What's the recovery time for metatarsalgia surgery?

It depends: On how extensive the surgical procedure is, and how many bones are operated on and what time of fixation (plates, pins, screws) are used. Talk to an experienced foot surgeon for a more specific answer for your need. Bone typically needs 6 weeks to heal enough to return to most normal everyday activities. ...Read more

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I think I have metatarsalgia, can I ever be able to wear heels again?

Please add Comment: Can you tell us why you think you have that diagnosis. Also what height heels are you considering? Sometimes we need to go with function over fashion and put away (or sell) pointed or narrow-toed high-heeled shoes in order to avoid problems. ...Read more

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Can you have metatarsalgia with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

Metatarsalgia: Is defined as pain the metatarsals (usually the ball of the foot). If there's no pain, no symptoms, there's no metatarsalgia. ...Read more

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In what way can I differentiate between morton's neuroma and metatarsalgia in general?

In what way can I differentiate between morton's neuroma and metatarsalgia in general?

Location: Neuromas are generally inbetween the metatarsal heads where metatarsalgia is pain to the met heads. Also, a neuroma is a structure that can be visualized on ultrasound or MRI whereas metatarsalgia is a general description of pain to the metatarsal head region. ...Read more

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I got the worst case of metatarsalgia, igo Nuffield, I have about 7 other diagnostics but do you think I might need operation the pain is horrible?

May need surgery: Metatarsalgia is pain in the metatarsal heads or metatarsophalangeal joint (joint it toe at ball or feet). If the metatarsal heads are enlarged or your fat pad on bottom of feet are worn down it can cause undue pressure and pain when walking/standing/running. If the pain is in only one are, say the third metatarsal head then you may have a neuroma (inflammation of nerve around metatarsal head). ...Read more

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Metatarsalgia/plantafisha/knothenry/ganglions/biletaralforefoot al vrypainful end up cryingas hurtso badly, wotdo u think trment orthot did NT work! Ow?

Metatarsalgia/plantafisha/knothenry/ganglions/biletaralforefoot al vrypainful end up cryingas hurtso badly, wotdo u think trment orthot did NT work! Ow?

Separate out complai: You mentioned a number of things some of which can be treated with proper orthotics and some of mat need surgery. There is also a possibility that you have a systemic disease like rheumatoid arthritis. See specialist. ...Read more