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Metatarsalgia Treatment - Ball Foot Pain

Metatarsalgia is pain the ball of the foot and can be caused by running or jumpingIf you are experiencing pain or inflammation in the ball of your foot, you may have metatarsalgia. This condition is especially prevalent in physically active individuals as it may be caused by repeat impact on the ball of the foot while running and jumping.


Metatarsalgia Symptoms:

- Sharp pain or dull ache just behind the toes on the ball of the foot.

- Pain that worsens while walking, running or jumping and improves when at rest.

- Numbness or pain in the toes.

- Pain in the feet that worsens when barefoot.


Metatarsalgia Causes:

- Improper foot alignment

- Improper walking mechanics

- Unusual foot shape

- Hammertoe

- Intense training and activity

- Bunions

- Excess weight

- Tight shoes

- Morton’s Neuroma

- Stress fractures


Often pain in the foot can be healed with a day or two of rest, some ice and over-the-counter pain medication. However, if your foot pain is severe or ongoing, it may be time to see a podiatrist. Other metatarsalgia treatment options include modification of footwear or insoles, use of metatarsal pads and arch supports.

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