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Dr. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

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 ...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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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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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