Metatarsalgia – Ball of foot pain

Gold Coast Metatarsal pain Treatment

Metatarsalgia / Ball of foot pain Treatment

Ball of foot pain also known as metatarsalgia is an injury to the ball of the foot. this usually come from overload of the ball of the foot caused by poor footwear, flat feet high arched feet and hard surfaces. It is very hard to allow it to heal as we have to put weight onto the soles of our feet to be able to walk. It s therefore important to see a podiatrist to know how to treat ball of the foot pain, before it gets worse.

-algia is the Greek word for pain.  Hence, metatarsal + algia = metatarsalgia (metatarsal pain)

What Is Metatarsalgia / Ball of foot pain

A painful condition the ball of the foot over the bones Heads. Usually caused by bursitis (inflammation of a fluid filled sack that protects the joints) or synovitis (inflammation of the joint). It arrises from excessive pressure on the ball of the foot which causes pain irritation and inflammation causing pain.

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Risk Factors 

  • Rolling in of feet (pronation)
  • Genetics
  • Hard surfaces
  • Incorrect footwear
  • Excessive time on feet
  • Deforrmity
  • Leg length difference

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain on the ball of the foot
  • Pain with standing / walking
  • Pain decreases with rest
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Preventing Metatarsalgia / Ball of foot pain

  • Gradual increases in training loads
  • altering mechanics
  • Orthotics
  • Correct footwear
  • Warm up, cool down