What Causes Metatarsalgia?

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Metatarsalgia is a condition that is associated with the metatarsal (toe) bones in the area of the ball of the foot. Irritation and inflammation caused by stress and pressure can become uncomfortable, painful, and debilitating without proper treatment.

Since there are so many factors to consider when diagnosing metatarsalgia, it’s a good idea to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Some of the factors often associated with metatarsalgia include the following:

➔   NeuromaA neuroma is an abnormal buildup of fibers around a nerve. One of the most common to occur in the foot is Morton’s neuroma, which occurs in the ball and is often associated with metatarsalgia.

➔   Stress fractures—Stress or hairline fractures in the toe bones or other bones near the ball of the foot can mimic and contribute to symptoms of metatarsal syndrome.

➔   Tightly-fitting shoes—Wearing high heels is a risk factor for developing many foot and ankle problems including metatarsalgia.

➔   Toe problems—Bunions and hammertoes frequently occur in patients who are later diagnosed with metatarsalgia syndrome.

➔   Weight problems—Carrying around a lot of extra weight makes you more susceptible to developing many foot and ankle issues including metatarsalgia. This occurs since much of the weight and pressure from standing, walking, and exercising is absorbed by the ball of the foot.

If you need help treating metatarsalgia, see your foot doctor for an evaluation. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.