Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia

Definition

Pain in the ball of the foot

Overview:

    • Weight-bearing of the forefoot is supposed to be evenly distributed between six structures: the two sesamoids under 1st head and the four heads of the lesser metatarsals.
    • Metatarsalgia occurs when the forefoot weight-bearing is maldistributed.

Treatment:

    • Metatarsal pad placed proximal (behind) the involved head
    • Medial arch correction (orthotic)
    • Calf stretching (click here to learn how)
    • Avoid high heels