Metatarsalgia Can Wreak Havoc


Metatarsalgia causes pain in the front of the feet, which is in the area the metatarsal bones are located and is felt in the ball of the foot as well. There are five metatarsal bones that are joined to the toe bones and which distribute weight consistently to assist with standing, walking or jogging.

Metatarsalgia is caused by standing for long periods of time, participating in high-intensity activities that include quick movements, diabetes, additional joint diseases and high heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes. Signs that you have this condition include sensitivity, a sweltering feeling at the ball of the foot, and shooting pains and discomfort in the toes when walking.

Treatment for Metatarsalgia includes:

  • Use of orthotics that are custom made with cushioned materials and hollowed in specific areas to offset pressure applied to the front of the foot, to support the foot structure and to place the foot’s bones in the accurate position. These devices are useful for managing mechanical issues with the foot and can raise and isolate the metatarsal bones to alleviate pain.
  • Physical therapy that focuses on stretching the Achilles tendon will be helpful for toughening the muscles of the foot.
  • Utilizing the correct footwear for calming effects on the feet rather than having pressure applied in an unnatural manner. The appropriate shoes to help with this condition should have a softened sole to reduce the amount of bending at the metatarsal joint.

Metatarsalgia can cause significant pain and interfere with basic mobility. Please contact us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, at any one of our offices in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to receive quality care and treatment for your toes. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, will use all possible and applicable treatment methods to help eliminate your metatarsalgia in an effort to bring relief to your toes. Please make an appointment by calling our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 and take a moment to look over our Patient Education section to learn more about other foot and ankle conditions.