Metatarsalgia is a common overuse injury described as pain in the forefoot associated with increased stress over the metatarsal head region. Metatarsalgia often is referred to as a symptom, rather than as a specific disease. Common causes of metatarsalgia include interdigital neuroma, metatarsophalangeal synovitis, avascular necrosis, sesamoiditis, and inflammatory arthritis; however, these causes often are diagnosed separately.
Symptoms of Metatarsalgia
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Pain at one or more metatarsal heads.
- Sharp pain.
- Pain that gets progressively worse as the day goes on.
- Diffuse forefoot pain.
- Midfoot pain.
Causes of Metatarsalgia
Some causes of metatarsalgia include:
- High impact sports or activities.
- Being overweight.
- Stress fractures.
- Morton’s neuroma.
- Bad quality shoes.
Treatment of Metatarsalgia
Metatarsalgia can get progressively worse, it is important to treat it via:
- Heat therapy.
- Medication (consult a doctor).
- Exercise via non-high impact activities.
- Cold therapy.
- Massage therapy.
- Chiropractic rehabilitation
- Getting new shoes.
Some preventative measures include:
- Ensure good quality shoes.
- Ensure good quality orthotics.
- Ensure proper warmup and cooldown.
- Do not overexert the foot.
If you experience metatarsalgia and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.