What’s Behind Your Metatarsalgia?


Athletes, dancers, and women who wear high heels are all at risk of the same thing: metatarsalgia. This overuse injury is usually a consequence of some other problem. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the symptoms, but also the underlying cause of the pain in the ball of the foot.

What could be causing ball of foot pain, or metatarsalgia?

●        Injury – Many folks who play sports can experience pain after an injury. Blunt trauma against a hard object can lead to swelling, pain, and even fractures around the injured area in the forefoot.

●        Your workout – Immense pressure from impact activities such as running or jumping can irritate the balls of the feet. Repeated action can lead to chronic pain. The repetitive stress on the bottom of the foot can become evident with a callus forming on the balls of the feet. Try to change up your routine to reduce repetitive pressure on your forefoot.

●        Arthritis – When the metatarsal joints are affected by arthritis in the feet, inflammation can occur chronically.

●        Morton’s Neuroma – The soft tissue surrounding a nerve can become inflamed. When this happens, you experience numbness, tingling, and/or pain between the third and fourth toes. The sensation can affect the rest of the ball of your foot, leading to chronic metatarsalgia.

●        High Heel shoes – Wearing high heels can shift your weight to the front of the feet. That long-term pressure can cause chronic pain and inflammation in the front of the feet (or metatarsalgia).

If you have chronic pain in the balls of your feet, have our podiatrists check what could be causing your metatarsalgia. Some orthotics might be the answer to alleviate foot pain. Make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group to find the best solution for whatever might be causing your metatarsalgia. Dr. Mark E. Reiner and his expert team of foot doctors can help you. Call our Jonesboro, AR office today at 800-737-3668.