Experiencing Pain in the Ball of the Foot? It Could Be Metatarsalgia

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 28, 2015 3:00:00 PM

pain_in_the_ball_of_the_footDo you ever have a really active day of running, hiking, dancing, shopping, or even just standing in line for way too long, and then experience pain in the ball of the foot at the end of the day? If so, then you may be suffering from metatarsalgia. How do you know if you do have this foot condition? Learn what the ACFAOM says to look for and the treatment option recommended by the podiatrists at Adler Footcare of Greater New York.

Posted by: The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine

Note: Metatarsalgia is not an injury; it’s actually a symptom or a group of symptoms. These may include pain in the ball of the foot, with or without bruising, and inflammation. Metatarsalgia can have a number of causes and, as a result, a number of treatments.

What to look for: 
Localized pain in the ball of the foot, on the bottom of the foot, in the area of the sole of the foot just before the toes. Metatarsalgia, the scientific name for this problem, is a painful but common occurrence. It is often localized in the metatarsal heads (the areas just before the second, third and fourth toes), or it may be more isolated, in the area near the big toe. One of the hallmarks of this disorder is pain in the ball of the foot during weight-bearing activities (running, walking, standing, etc.). Sharp or shooting pains in the toes also may be present, and pain in the toes and/or ball of the foot may increase when the toes are flexed. Accompanying symptoms may include tingling or numbness in the toes. It is common to experience acute, recurrent or chronic pain as a result of this problem. Some patients describe the feeling as being like “walking over pebbles,” and others, whose pain is localized in one area, may wonder if they actually have a stone bruise.

[Continue to original article at ACFAOM.org]

If left untreated metatarsalgia can eventually cause issues beyond just pain in the ball of the foot. It can also cause pain in your knees, back or hips because you start to unconsciously shift your weight due to your feet being out of alignment.

It’s estimated that 30 to 45% of people don’t even realize they have misaligned feet, and that it’s the root cause of foot problems like metatarsalgia. Misaligned feet are a result of the ankle bone slipping off the heel bone, causing an inward rotation of the ankle that leads to common foot problems like bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, and heel pain.

There is a safe, effective treatment available called HyProCure® that inserts a small titanium stent into the natural space between the ankle bone and heel bone. This corrects the misalignment in the feet, which in turn treats pain in the ball of the foot and other common foot problems.

If you’re interested in learning more about the remarkable results of the HyProCure® stent, download the free eBook below.

Or contact a podiatrist at Adler Footcare of Great New York. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, foot pain, HyProCure