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Dr. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Overview)

Metatarsalgia is 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 not accustomed to it.


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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

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Dr. Helene Nguyen
60 doctors shared insights

Metatarsalgia (Overview)

Metatarsalgia is 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 not accustomed to it.


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

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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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?

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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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

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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...

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'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

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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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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