Symptoms and Causes of Metatarsal Pain

Symptoms and Causes of Metatarsal Pain

October 17, 2023

Metatarsalgia, a prevalent foot condition, can disrupt daily life with pain and discomfort. Symptoms of metatarsalgia include sharp, aching, or burning pain in the ball of the foot. This discomfort may extend to the areas around the second, third, or fourth toes. Pain may worsen when standing, walking, or running but eases when resting. Some individuals may experience sharp or shooting pain in their toes, tingling sensations, or the sensation of walking with a pebble in their shoe. Walking barefoot, especially on hard surfaces, can intensify the pain. Metatarsalgia can be due to intense physical activities, such as running or jumping, particularly when combined with improperly fitting or worn-out shoes. Conditions like hammertoes, bunions, and excess body weight can also contribute to metatarsalgia. Furthermore, footwear choices play a role, with high heels, narrow-toed shoes, and non-supportive athletic footwear increasing the risk. Stress fractures in the metatarsals or toe bones and Morton’s neuroma can contribute to this condition. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and possible treatment solutions.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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