What is Metatarsalgia?


What is Metatarsalgia?

Causes of Metatarsalgia?

  • Collapse of MTP arch or dropped MTP heads
  • High Impact Sports: Running. Basketball
  • Aging: The foot pad cushioning decreases putting more pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Arthritis: Causes joint pain in the foot
  • High Heels: The tight nature of a high heel puts greater pressure on the ball of the foot.
  • Repetitive Activity: Puts stress on your joints

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia?

  • Sharp pain, numbness or tingling in the toes
  • Shooting pain in the balls of the feet
  • Bruising on the balls of the feet

Treatment for Metatarsalgia?

  • Acupuncture
  • Custom Foot Orthotics for Metatarsalgia:
    • Decrease pressure on the MTP joint
    • Metatarsal Pads in the orthotics will guard the balls of the feet
    • Orthotics will allocate pressure evenly to the foot