What is Metatarsalgia?

By Jon Stiffler PTA/Sports Center Manager

What is Metatarsalgia? It is a pain in the ball of your foot.

Anatomy of the foot

What is Metatarsalgia?

The quick answer, Metatarsalgia, is a pain in the ball of your foot. Several different reasons can cause pain. The most common reason for this condition is wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow.  This can easily be fixed by discontinuing the use of these shoes.  But, often the pain and irritation can remain.  It is important to decrease the inflammation w of ice, trying to stay off the foot as much as possible.

Another cause for metatarsalgia are shoes which do not have good arch support for the foot.  It is important to have shoes that are comfortable and shoes that support your arch of the foot.  This is really important for people who are on their feet for the majority of their day.

How do you Relieve Pain on the Ball of the Foot or Metatarsalgia?

Here are some options to help relieve pain in the ball of the foot.

  • Ice
  • looser shoes
  • pads or inserts under the balls of the foot
  • stretching for the calf muscles

To learn more about this condition, you can go to: https://www.joionline.net/trending/content/ball-of-the-foot-pain

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-200Please click below,

To schedule an appointment with an Orthopaedic Foot Specialisorow, schedule online or call JOI-2000.

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