Metatarsalgia is a frequently-occurring foot condition that causes the ball of the foot to become swollen and extremely painful. The ball of your foot is located behind your big toe on the bottom of your foot. Because this area absorbs a huge amount of the pressure from your weight as you walk, stand, or exercise, it is susceptible to injury.
6 common factors that contribute to metatarsalgia include:
- Hairline fractures— The metatarsal bones of the toes are susceptible to stress fractures that can radiate pain in the ball of the foot.
- Foot deformities—Hammertoes and bunions may adversely affect the metatarsal bones and increase stress on the ball of the foot.
- Poorly fitting shoes—High heels and athletic shoes that are severely worn or that don’t provide the correct support and cushioning should be avoided.
- Obesity—Carrying too much extra weight puts more stress on the ball of the foot.
- Genetics—The foot shapes you were born with, such as high arches or having a second toe that is longer than the big toe, can increase stress in the ball of the foot.
- Hard training—Long distance runners and participants in high-impact sports such as tennis and football are more susceptible.
Treatments will consist of rest, wearing properly fitted shoes, and using custom orthotic inserts and pads to decrease the pain and discomfort caused by this condition. Surgery may be required in extreme cases.
If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, your foot doctor can help. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.