Metatarsalgia is a broad term that describes pain in the forefoot, in the area of the metatarsal bones. These are the long bones in your forefoot that connect to the toes. There are five metatarsal bones in each foot and they play an important role in helping you push off against the ground during walking and running. The anatomy of the forefoot is quite complex and there are numerous joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves that may be the source of pain in this area of the foot.
As metatarsalgia is a broad term describing pain in the forefoot, there may be many sources of pain in this region. Your podiatrist will perform a thorough physical examination to determine the structures involved and identify the source of your pain.
Contributing factors may include:
As there are many different conditions that may produce metatarsalgia, an accurate clinical diagnosis is an important step to ensure you receive the correct treatment. Your podiatrist will perform a thorough physical assessment of the painful site, accompanied by a detailed discussion with you, to understand how the pain started and the history of your symptoms. Your podiatrist will develop a treatment solution that is tailored to your specific diagnosis, with consideration for contributing factors such as your level of physical activity, your individual foot structure (bony alignment) and also your foot biomechanics (the way your feet move). Common treatment approaches include modification of weight-bearing activities, footwear advice, foot orthoses, as well as strength and mobility exercises.
Before you come in to see your podiatrist, you can rest from aggravating activities, use ice for relief of pain and inflammation, and if necessary, seek advice from your pharmacist about non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. This is not a long-term solution, however, as the symptoms will likely return when you resume walking.
If you are having problems with pain in your lower legs and feet, don’t hesitate to call us on 9569 5145 or make a booking online and the team at Sole-Lution Podiatry will sort you out. We are located at 398 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, NSW, 2204.
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