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Metatarsalgia is a common foot condition that affects the metatarsal bones, causing pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for metatarsalgia is essential for effectively managing this condition and improving quality of life.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia can be caused by various factors, including:

  1. Foot Structure: High arches, flat feet, or abnormal foot alignment can increase pressure on the metatarsal heads, leading to inflammation and pain.
  1. Footwear: Ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or shoes with inadequate support can contribute to metatarsalgia by placing excessive pressure on the forefoot.
  1. Overuse or High-Impact Activities: Activities that involve repetitive impact on the feet, such as running, jumping, or participating in high-impact sports, can strain the metatarsals and lead to inflammation.
  1. Age and Weight: Aging-related changes in foot structure and increased body weight can exacerbate metatarsalgia symptoms by placing additional stress on the forefoot.

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  1. Pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot, especially when standing, walking, or running.
  1. Sharp or burning pain that worsens with activity and improves with rest.
  1. Sensation of having a pebble or object in the shoe.
  1. Swelling or inflammation in the affected area.

Treatment Approaches for Metatarsalgia

Treatment for metatarsalgia aims to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and address underlying contributing factors. Here are some common treatment approaches:

  1. Rest and Activity Modification: Resting the foot and avoiding high-impact activities can help reduce inflammation and allow the affected area to heal.
  1. Orthotic Inserts: Custom or over-the-counter orthotic inserts can provide support, 

cushioning, and proper alignment for the foot, relieving pressure on the metatarsals.

  1. Proper Footwear: Wearing supportive, well-fitted shoes with a wide toe box and adequate cushioning can help alleviate pressure on the forefoot and prevent further irritation.
  1. Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  1. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter or prescription NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  1. Physical Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches prescribed by a physical therapist can help strengthen the muscles of the foot and improve flexibility and range of motion.
  1. Corticosteroid Injections: In severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.


Metatarsalgia can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life, but with proper management and treatment, symptoms can be effectively controlled. By understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for metatarsalgia, individuals can take proactive steps to alleviate pain, improve foot health, and prevent future recurrence.

Finding Relief from Metatarsalgia: Trust in Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Associates

Metatarsalgia can be a debilitating condition that affects your ability to move comfortably and enjoy daily activities. At Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Associates, our team of experienced podiatrists, including Drs. Gordon Bean, Armando Carro, Scott Morris, and Steve Walker, is committed to providing compassionate care and effective treatment solutions for metatarsalgia.

Don't let metatarsalgia hold you back from living life to the fullest. Take the first step towards relief by contacting Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Associates today. You can reach us directly at our Edmond Office at (405) 340-9251 or our Moore/Midwest City Office at (405) 794-6691, or visit our website to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.

Trust in Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Associates for expert care and support on your journey towards optimal foot health and mobility.

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