Metatarsalgia refers to general foot pain in the metatarsal region of the foot, the area just before the toes at the ball of your foot.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

  • Excessive pressure on the toes or balls of your feet over an extended period of time
  • Hammertoes
  • High arches
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Overuse of the feet in physical activity or exercise
  • Poorly fitting footwear, including shoes with very high heels or narrow toe boxes
  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Tight or weak toe muscles
  • Toe deformities

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

  • Pain where your toes emerge from your feet

Treatments for Metatarsalgia

  • Custom-made orthotics --NOPA offers more than 150 unique possibilities!
  • Ice
  • Metatarsal bandages, gel cushions, or pads
  • Pressure bandages
  • Staying off of the affected foot or limiting pressure placed on the foot for at least 24 hours
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises recommended by Dr. Lang and his NOPA team
  • Wearing properly fitting shoes

Prevention of Metatarsalgia

  • Continued use of orthotics
  • Wearing shoes that have wide toe boxes, shock-absorbent soles, and adequate cushioning
  • Wearing sport-specific and sport-appropriate shoes

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