Metatarsalgia can be a painful condition as it affects the ball of the foot. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the requisite experience to treat this condition with expertise at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education library also has helpful information you can review about this and many other foot and ankle conditions.
Metatarsalgia can happen from high intensity activities, arthritis or wearing bad fitting shoes that are too narrow or have high-heels. The metatarsals bone connects the toes to the ankles. Symptoms of this condition include the feeling of walking on pebbles, a sharp scorching pain in the ball of the foot or numbness in the toes.
Factors that increase the chances of acquiring this condition also include:
- Foot deformities such as high arches, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes.
- Obesity, which can place extra pressure on the feet.
- Diseases such as arthritis, gout, neuromas or stress fractures.
Preventative measures involve using correctly fitting foot wear that do not have high-heels, are not narrow, have extra cushioning and have wide toe boxes. Losing weight is another helpful method as the added weight places abnormal amounts of pressure on the feet that can be a contributing cause to this condition.
Treatment includes utilizing ice, anti-inflammatories, elevating the foot, getting plenty of rest and metatarsal pads to decrease pressure from the metatarsal bones to help absorb shock and reduce pressure. In situations where these methods are not helpful, steroid injections may be necessary to diminish pain and inflammation.
Failing to timely treat this condition can lead to avoidable complications such as pain spreading to other parts of the foot or body due to the body’s attempt to manage the discomfort. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as you can to treat your Metatarsalgia and contain it before it causes lasting consequences.