Metatarsalgia is described as pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot.  It is mostly caused by a lack of adequate padding in the ball of the foot.  This can be as a result of ill-fitting shoes or decreased fat-pad in the ball of the foot. Overuse, often due to intense training or activity can also be a cause for metatarsalgia. Symptoms include pain in the ball of the foot as well as tingling or numbness in the toes.

Metatarsalgia may be treated conservatively with shoe gear modifications, and custom orthotics.  Surgical intervention to repair the underlying biomechanical deformity is sometimes necessary.

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