Q. What is Metatarsalgia?
A. Metatarsalgia is pain and inflammation experienced in the metatarsal, or ball of the foot.
What causes it?
Typically, metatarsalgia is due to excessive activity (especially from high impact exercises such as running and jumping) or ill-fitting shoes. If you're experiencing sharp pain in the ball of your foot (a sensation often likened to having a small stone stuck in your shoe) or tingling or numbness in your toes, you may want to consider taking a break from strenuous activity, talking to your doctor, and finding more comfortable shoes.
What should I look for?
The first step to easing your discomfort is usually rest, as well as avoiding activities (i.e. running and jumping) that exacerbate your pain. Look for shoes with extra padding and arch support to minimize stress on the metatarsal bones and improve foot function. And as always, consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment of foot pain.
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