Metatarsalgia

(Pain in Ball of Foot)

Definition

Metatarsalgia is a condition that causes pain and inflammation to the ball of your foot. You may also feel pain in the big toe or the 3 toes closest to the big toe.
Metatarsalgia
metatarsalgia
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Causes

Metatarsalgia can be caused by a number of conditions:

Risk Factors

Metatarsalgia is more common in older adults due to the aging process. Factors that increase your chance of developing metatarsalgia include:
  • Feet with high arches
  • Feet with abnormally long bones
  • Claw/ Hammer toes
  • High-impact sports
  • Being overweight
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit well or high heels
  • Problems with circulation
  • Gout
  • Diabetes
Claw Toes
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Symptoms

Symptoms of metatarsalgia include:
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Numbness or tingling in toes or foot
  • Pain when walking
  • Toe pain
  • Pain with movement
  • Sharp pain
  • Feeling like you are walking on pebbles
  • Associated back or leg pain
  • Weakness in the limb

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