Metatarsalgia is a term commonly used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot but the specific cause of the pain is associated with a myriad of foot conditions.
Injuries to the ball of the foot occur frequently in athletes who perform activities that put high impact stress on the forefront of the foot. Diets that cause bone loss and biomechanical foot and ankle variations can contribute to pain in the forefront of the foot. Systemic inflammatory conditions and some nerve entrapments can also be a contributing factors.
Given the cause of ‘metatarsalgia’ can be one or more of a range of foot conditions it may be best to visit your podiatrist to determine what the underlying condition causing the pain is. Depending on the cause, treatment may include rest, ice, physical therapy and orthotic devices to offload the symptomatic areas and improve foot function and footwear advice. Physical therapy may include joint mobilisation and appropriate strengthening and stretching exercises.
Surgery is not usually indicated and only ever as a last resort. For assistance with your foot pain, please contact us today on 9531 1007.