Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar probably sees many different types of foot problems. One of the ailments that affects athletes or very active people is called metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia commonly occurs from overuse injuries in sports that involve running and jumping. It can likewise result from shoes that don’t fit, foot abnormalities, or arthritis and other diseases.
What are the symptoms of metatarsalgia?
The pain of metatarsalgia usually starts slowly with time. It might feel a little better when you rest your foot and become worse when you stand, walk, or workout. Your foot might seem like:
- you’re walking with a marble or pebbles in your shoe
- you have a sharp burning or shooting pain in the ball of your foot
- your toes are numb or tingling
You might likewise discover that your pain worsens when you:
- walk barefoot
- participate in a high-impact sports activity
What causes metatarsalgia?
The most regular reason for metatarsalgia is participating in sports activities that put pressure on the metatarsal bones at the front of your foot. These activities typically lead to overuse of the area. Running, for instance, includes putting consistent force on the ball of your foot. The irregular tension on your foot can increase inflammation in the metatarsal area. It can likewise aggravate the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage around the bone.
Other causes include:
- Shoes that don’t fit right: Your shoes may be too tight, squeezing your foot. Or your shoes might be too loose, making your foot slide back and forth.
High heels or tennis shoes without adequate padding and arch assistance: These shoes can cause you to put more weight on the ball of your foot.
- Foot problems: High arches, a 2nd toe that is longer than your huge toe, calluses on the bottom of your foot, bunions, and hammer toe can contribute to metatarsalgia.
- Extra weight: Being overweight or obese puts more pressure on your feet and metatarsal location.
- Some diseases: Bursitis, arthritis, gout, Morton’s neuroma, and little tension fractures in your toes and metatarsal bones can increase the stress on the ball of your foot.
How to treat and prevent metatarsalgia
The initial step in dealing with metatarsalgia is to determine the cause of the discomfort. If improper fitting shoes is the cause of the discomfort, the shoes needs to be changed. Footwear developed with a high, broad toe box (toe area) and a rocker sole is ideal for dealing with metatarsalgia. The high, broad toe box enables the foot to expand while the rocker sole minimizes tension on the ball-of-the-foot. Dumping pressure to the ball-of-the-foot can be achieved with a range of footcare products. Orthotics developed to ease ball-of-foot pain generally feature a metatarsal pad. The orthotic is constructed with the pad positioned behind the ball-of-the-foot to alleviate pressure and rearrange weight from the painful location to more tolerant areas. Other items frequently advised include gel metatarsal cushions and metatarsal plasters. When these products are utilized with proper shoes, you should experience substantial relief.
If you have some pain in your foot when walking or running, you may need to switch up your footwear. Dr. Rajnish Manohar is an expert in Brandon Podiatry with over 20 years of experience. He can also prescribe some orthotics to alleviate some of your foot pain. If you would like to come into his Brandon Podiatrist office, please call (813) 502-5904 to set an appointment. Another way to get in touch is by using our scheduling form.
Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.