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.