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Metatarsalgia is a common injury often caused by walking or standing for long periods. It is pain and inflammation in the sole of the foot due to excessive pressure on the heads of the metatarsals. It is often considered a symptom of other conditions, rather than a specific disease.
As with any foot condition, there are many treatment options before considering surgery. And we recommend that you seek professional advice if you suffer from this type of condition. Claw toe can cause this kind of pain.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia
The main symptom of metatarsalgia is pain at the end of one or more metatarsal bones. The metatarsals are the bones in the sole of the foot, closest to the toes.
The pain can be sharp or burning.
The discomfort is usually worse when running and there may be a tingling sensation or numbness in the toes.
Most often the pain occurs over a period of months, rather than suddenly.
Location of metatarsalgia
The pain of metatarsalgia is caused by excessive pressure on the front of the foot, especially on the metatarsals. It is often the result of multiple impacts during sports. It may be due to a pathology in your bones or muscles that affects the way pressure is distributed on the feet, for example:
Other causes of metatarsalgia include
A condition known as Morton's neuroma also causes metatarsalgia-like symptoms. Extra tissue builds up around a nerve, usually between the third and fourth toes. The irritated and inflamed nerve causes pain. Morton's neuroma can also cause numbness in the toes in addition to pain in the forefoot.
Forefoot injuries, including metatarsalgia, are common in athletes who participate in sports that involve regular and repeated running or jumping. While track and field runners are most at risk, other athletes, including tennis, football and basketball players, often injure their forefoot.
To relieve the pain of metatarsalgia, your doctor or other health care professional may advise you to
As a last resort, surgery may be considered to address bony problems or to free a pinched nerve.
To avoid pain and relieve pressure on the painful area of the foot, you may change the way you walk and stand, and this can cause pain elsewhere in the foot, ankle, knee and down to the back or hips.
Finally, a stress fracture can occur if analgesic walking continues for a long period of time.
Taking care of your feet can help you avoid metatarsalgia:
Author : Philippe Vesin - Pedorthist