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What can I do about metatarsalgia?

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

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

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

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Are Hoka shoes good for metatarsalgia?

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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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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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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Hey docs, should you walk on your foot if you have morton's neuroma / metatarsalgia?

Hey docs, should you walk on your foot if you have morton's neuroma / metatarsalgia?

Walking is not: A contraindication. But, if you are having pain I would see a doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What will my doctor do for metatarsalgia? Will it ever go away?

What will my doctor do for metatarsalgia? Will it ever go away?

A few things: Pain in the ball of the foot can be a frustrating thing- you are trying to heal a part of the body you put a lot of weight on repeatedly each day!

antiinflammatory medication, padding in shoes, rest, ice can be employed. Looking at your shoes to make sure they fit well and are not excessively worn. Sometimes, injections or ach supports are needed. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I can't write all my diagnostic down, but my main are metatarsalgia and biletaral forefoot pains and wonder what my treatments would be?

Orthotics: Metatarsalgia can often be addressed with strategically placed padding to get pressure off the painful areas. Often times these pads can be built into a custom orthotic which can be made by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have foot pain and saw this article on metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia: Or pain under metarsal heads can be the result of inadequate support or cushion as well as repeaqted microtrauma. Try more supportive shoes and inserts, temporary rest may help. If problem persists, see podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for you walk on your foot if you have morton's neuroma / metatarsalgia?

Is it harmful for you walk on your foot if you have morton's neuroma / metatarsalgia?

Not necessarily: Harmful? Not necessarily. Hurtful? Likely. See a podiatrist for an evaluation and determine need for special footwear, orthotics, medication, injections or surgery or other options. Avoid high impact activities in the meantime, avoid high heels/tight shoes. ...Read more

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Got metatarsalgia/neuroma/ganglions/knothenry/plantafisha etc had insoles made did not work, do physio and waiting for results to happen, treatment?

Sounds like a lot: Going on. Each of your problems is an independent problem. An orthotic typically does not treat a ganglion. If a ganglion is painful it could be drained or removed. Injections are helpful for neuromas, cushioning for metatarsalgia as well as achilles' tendon stretches if an equinis is present. An orthotic is not an all inclusive solution. ...Read more

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I 14 got metatarsalgia/plantafisha/ganglions/knothenry etc I had 2 orthotics made but did not work, I do physio but still tests going on? Treatment...

Multiple foot issues: I would suggest you to have more diagnostic test like MRI or ct to further evaluate the conditions you have. Some conditions may not get treated with orthotics alone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress fractures on the metatarsal and metatarsalgia?

What is the difference between a stress fractures on the metatarsal and metatarsalgia?

Nothing: The difference is in severity of pain. This is a more common cause of forefoot pain than morton's neuroma. ...Read more

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I have chronic plantar fasciitis & metatarsalgia for 2 years, got worse 6 mo ago. Normal X-Ray & nerve test. Would MRI be useful at this point?

I have chronic plantar fasciitis & metatarsalgia for 2 years, got worse 6 mo ago. Normal X-Ray & nerve test. Would MRI be useful at this point?

Probably not: Plantar fasciitis can be chronic and very difficult to get rid of with conservative care in some cases. There area lot of treatments including orthotics, physical therapy, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, dry needle therapy, platelet rich plasma injection, night splint, walking boot, non weight bearing and many others. Surgery is also very successful if all of these fail. ...Read more