Metatarsalgia (say "met-uh-tar-SAL-jee-uh") is pain in the ball of the foot. It sometimes spreads to the toes. The ball of the foot is the bottom of the foot, where the toes join the foot.
While walking might be very painful, it is not a sign of a serious or permanent problem. But any pain can affect your life, so it is important that you treat it.
Pain in this area can be caused by many things. For example, you may have this pain if you stand or walk a lot or wear tight shoes or high heels.
You may have had an X-ray if your doctor wanted to make sure a more serious problem is not causing your pain.
Treatment may consist of home care, such as rest, wearing different shoes, and taking over-the-counter pain medicines. It can take months for the pain to go away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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