Metatarsalgia is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You are prone to develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.
Generally, metatarsalgia is not serious. The symptoms can easily be relieved by using normal at-home treatments, such as ice and rest. Wearing proper footwear with shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports might prevent or minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.
However, if the pain worsens, or if your feet continue to ache even after taking proper home remedies, talk to your doctor immediately. It’s best not to ignore foot pain that lasts more than a few days.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia can include:
When to come to see a doctor, he/she will begin an exam for metatarsalgia by asking about your symptoms. Your foot will be examined manually in proper manner. You may need an X-ray to rule out stress fractures or other problems that could be causing your pain.
Metatarsalgia can be treated without surgery. Your doctor may recommend that you use a metatarsal pad, a surgical shoe, or a shoe insert to offload the painful part of your foot. You may be recommended to wear athletic shoes or rocker soled shoes.
However, ff none of these measures help relieve your metatarsalgia, an injection or surgery may be necessary to resolve the underlying cause of your pain.
If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, you can book an appointment with Dr. Orlando Cedeno, DPM, at Jupiter Laser and Regenerative Medicine. At his Jupiter, Florida, office, Dr. Cedeno diagnoses and cares for your injury using the most cutting-edge sports medicine protocols. Get back on your feet safely by calling the office or clicking the online booking button now.