Foot corner-Metatarsalgia

Pain In The Ball Of The Foot

Mar 03, 2022

Metatarsalgia is not an easy word to say...Met-uh-tahr-SAL-Juh.

It is a broad term describing pain in the ball area of the foot.  A bit like saying you have a headache when your head is sore. 

Metatarsalgia is generally not serious, simple at-home treatments such as ice and rest can often relieve symptoms.


What are Metatarsals?

The metatarsals are the 5 long bones from your mid foot to your toes. The first metatarsal is the bone under your big toe. It is the largest and designed to take most of the force when you are walking and running.


Symptoms of Metatarsalgia?

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your feet-the part of the sole just your toes
  • Pain that worsens when you stand, walk, run or flex your feet-especially barefoot on a hard surface. This pain improves when you are resting
  • Shooting pain, numbness or tingling in your toes


Causes of Metatarsalgia

  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Stress Fractures
  • Poorly Fitting footwear
  • Excess Weight
  • Foot Deformities
  • Certain Foot Shapes
  • Intense training or activity


How do I find out what is causing my Metatarsalgia?

Here at Foot Corner we are able to help you. At your appointment we will assess, diagnose and develop a plan to resolve the pain.