Posts for tag: Metatarsalgia
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.
Bunions happen when the big toe moves in the direction of the second toe because of a change in bone structure resulting in a rigid and bony bump at the bottom of the large toe, which is the location of where it connects to 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 many years of experience treating bunions and can provide you with the proper care you need to stop bunions before they get out of control. You can reach us 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 section has further information about this and many other conditions.
Medical professionals may choose to have you undergo an x-ray to diagnose a bunion if they suspect it could be present. This method shows the distance that the big toe joint has travelled from the other toes. An MRI may also be utilized if the bone deformity is so advanced that it may cause other complications, such as fractures or nerve swelling. MRI’s are especially useful since they work through a magnetic field and wireless waves to generate multi-dimensional images of the injured foot.
Complications from this condition result in misalignment and thereafter metatarsalgia (swelling of the ball of the foot) or neuromas (swelling of a nerve between feet and toes). Those with this condition may not be able to where their usual shoes due to toes overlapping. Therefore, prompt treatment is required to prevent this condition from progressing to a point where normal shoes cannot be worn.
Early treatment of this condition can prevent later complications. When bunions get to an advanced state, they can severely hinder mobility and cause pain during normal routine activities. For these and many more reasons, please contact us at your convenience if you suspect that you may be developing a bunion and we will do our best to make sure that your bunion doesn’t stop you!
Metatarsalgia occurs when the ball of your foot becomes swollen and causes pain. Runners and jumpers tend to develop it more often because it’s associated with high intensity sports. Foot deformities and bad fitting shoes also play a role in helping you contract this condition. Contact us today to find out if you have this condition. It can keep you out of motion and ruin your daily routine due to the pain. Ice, rest and proper footwear do wonders to help with this condition. The metatarsal bones actually connect your toes to your foot and this condition can affect the area where the three middle toes attach to the ball of the foot. The severity of the level of pain can be broad. It can affect any number of toes and both of the feet depending on how severe the condition is. Placing body weight on the injured foot can cause even more pain. Our doctors, 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., will help you at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Of note, there are tiny nerves of the toe that reside in between the metatarsal bones. So, when one metatarsal bones bumps against the other, a small nerve can become trapped between them. This process leads to swelling that causes metatarsalgia. As mentioned above, putting weight on the injured foot will make symptoms worse and increase inflammation to stark levels. Medical conditions or other body complications can cause metatarsalgia to occur. Ice should be used throughout the day on the foot with this condition since it greatly reduces the inflammation. You should take precautions to wrap the skin of your foot to minimize complications. Anti-inflammatories are also another method of reducing swelling and alleviating pain and pressure being exerted on the feet from this condition. Another common form of treatment is to keep your foot elevated and in a resting position. These suggestions should be taken seriously as metatarsalgia can become very painful.