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Metatarsalgia

One area of the foot that can become painful is the ball of the foot. The most common cause of this is Metatarsalgia. 

What is Metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia is a painful inflammation in the ball of the foot. It occurs when the balance of weight-bearing loads between the 5 main bones of the foot, the metatarsals, is disrupted. 

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Signs and Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia include: 

  • Gradual onset of pain
  • Pain improves when resting
  • Pain gets worse when standing, running, walking barefoot, high-impact activities
  • Sharp burning or shooting pain in ball of the foot
  • Feels like walking with a pebble or marble in the shoe
  • Toes are numb or tingling
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Causes of Metatarsalgia

The most frequent cause of metatarsalgia is participating in sports activities that put pressure on the metatarsal bones at the front of your foot. These activities, such as running, often lead to overuse of the area. Other causes include:

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • High heels or runners without adequate arch support or padding
  • Foot abnormalities, such as bunions or hammer toe
  • Obesity
  • Conditions such as gout, bursitis, arthritis, Mortons Neuroma and Stress Fractures

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