Metatarsal injuries can produce significant problems for your feet and lead to metatarsalgia. This happens as the ball of your foot develops inflammation and triggers aching. Runners develop this often as the intensity of the sport can place extreme amounts of pressure on the foot. Foot deformities and bad fitting shoes also play a role in helping you contract metatarsal injuries.
The severity of the level of pain can be comprehensive. It can affect any of your toes and both of the feet depending on how advanced the condition is. Placing body weight on the injured foot can cause even more discomfort.
To understand how this happens, you should know that there are tiny nerves of the toe that reside in between the metatarsal bones. If any of the metatarsal bones hits against another, small nerves can become stuck between them. This causes inflammation and the condition known as metatarsalgia. The metatarsal bones connect your toes to your foot and metatarsalgia can affect the area where the three middle toes attach to the ball of the foot. The symptoms become worse as weight is placed on the injured areas. Proper treatment is required to counteract metatarsal injuries.
Treatment for this condition involves:
Use ice therapy to reduce inflammation.
Wrap your foot to diminish pain.
Use anti-inflammatories to alleviate swelling and to reduce pain.
Keep your foot elevated to speed up the recovery process.
Here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, has many years of experience treating metatarsal injuries for a wide variety of people. If you’re experiencing severe pain from metatarsalgia and want to take the right steps in eradicating it from your daily routine, please contact us right away to schedule the appointment you need! We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We strive to provide the best treatment possible so that your feet can be pain-free. Please review our Patient Education library to learn more about metatarsalgia and what you can do to counteract it in the future.