Metatarsalgia Information: Causes, Treatments and Products

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Metatarsalgia, commonly referred to as ball-of-foot pain, can occur in the region between the arch and the toes. Pain starts to occur when the balance between the metatarsal bones is thrown off. Sometimes pressure on the ends of the metatarsal bones can cause symptoms in the ball of the foot. 

Metatarsalgia derives its name from the term "metatarsals," or long bones of the foot.  The metatarsal area is the region where the toes join the rest of the foot and is a spot often subjected to added pressure because of body weight. People who suffer from this condition often feel intense pain in the ball of the foot. 

Main Causes of Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia can be caused by several factors, including the following:

  • Metatarsalgia  may result from increased pressure on the metatarsal heads
  • Metatarsalgia can be due to wearing constricting footwear or high heel shoes
  • Ligament injuries and joint irritation can lead to Metatarsalgia
  • Calluses or skin lesions that cause the weight on the foot to be unevenly distributed can result in Metatarsalgia
  • Aging, which tends to thin out or shift the fatty tissue of the foot pad, often leads to Metatarsalgia
  • Metatarsalgia can often be the result of sports that place tremendous pounding on the ball of the foot, like jogging

Treatments and Products forMetatarsalgia

Most of the problems associated with Metatarsalgia pain can also be relieved just by wearing more accommodating footwear.

Other treatments options for Metatarsalgia include:

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce Metatarsalgia pain
  • Choosing better shoes, such as low-heeled over high-heeled shoes, can help ease the pain of Metatarsalgia
  • Adding metatarsal inserts like ball-of-foot cushions to your shoes can help cushion the painful area
  • Metatarsal pads for your shoes help spread the weight and relieve Metatarsalgia symptoms

Any pads or insoles from Foot Solutions can greatly help relieve the pain and stress from the feet.

Remember to see your doctor if you think you may be suffering from Metatarsalgia if pain is severe, you may have a metatarsal fracture. If you suspect that you might have a fracture, seek treatment immediately.

Foot Solutions offers a variety of foot health products and comfort footwear to help treat Metatarsalgia. Make your appointment at any Foot Solutions today for a free fitting and digital analysis.