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Metatarsalgia

This is a common foot condition where one or more of the metatarsal heads become painful and/or inflamed, usually due to excessive pressure over a long period of time. It is common to experience acute, recurrent, or chronic pain with metatarsalgia. Ball-of-foot pain is often caused from improper fitting footwear, most frequently by women’s dress shoes and other restrictive footwear. Footwear with a narrow toe box (toe area) forces the ball-of-foot area to be forced into a minimal amount of space. This can inhibit the walking process and lead to extreme discomfort in the forefoot that can result in metatarsalgia. Shoes with heels that are too high or participating in high impact activities without proper footwear and/or orthotics can also cause metatarsalgia. Also, as we get older the fat pad in our foot tends to thin out, making us much more susceptible to pain in the ball-of-the-foot.

Note: This documentation is not intended to suggest treatments for abnormal foot conditions. Any such cases should be referred to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.