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5 Signs You Have Metatarsalgia

5 Signs You Have Metatarsalgia

Why do your heels hurt so much on a night out? No, it might not just be that all heels hurt. You might have Metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is caused by a number of different things but they all result in the same condition, that is really painful feet. The word Metatarsalgia explains where and what the condition is. Metatsara referring to the metatarsal bones (the ball of your foot) and -algia being the suffix defining painful conditions. If we put these together we get “painful metatarsal bone”


  1. Metatarsalgia SymptomsYour heels always hurt on a night out

If you wear heels a lot then you might be at an increased risk of developing the condition. It can also be very noticeable in heels as the restrictive shoes create extra pressure on the ball of your foot. This can cause a really painful night out!

  1. You get a shooting pain

This is one of the key symptoms of Metatarsalgia. When you go to your doctors they usually ask you to describe the pain. This is why. Patients with Metatarsalgia will describe a number of symptoms including:

  • A shooting pain
  • A numbness in your toes
  • The feeling that there is a stone in your shoe
  1. You’ve had it for MONTHS

The pain usually comes on gradually. It might start as a bit of a niggle, but end up being excruciating pain months later when you put your shoes on. This is classic of the chronic injury

  1. You play a lot of sports

One of the things that can lead to Metatarsalgia is high impact sports. This is why your doctor will probably ask “well what were you doing when the pain first started”? They are looking to see if a sports injury or event occurred that might explain the pain now. Or you might be a runner and could have injured your foot with the miles upon miles of pavement pounding you do each week. Either can cause Metatarsalgia.

  1. You have fleet fat

Flat feet, also known as pes planus, is usually hereditary and results in the collapse of the arches that usually support the foot. People with flat feet are at an increased risk of developing Metatarsalgia.


What do I do about it?

Whilst the condition is chronic when left untreated getting to the right doctor can do a world of good. Metatarsalgia treatment often includes the following:


  • REST! Sometimes overactivity can be the cause and in this case, the fix is simple. Rest up and recuperate.
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be prescribed to reduce inflammation in the ball of your foot. These drugs include Ibuprofen and Aspirin
  • Custom Orthotics: Some specialist clinics can make custom insoles that are created to fit your feet and reduce pressure on the ball of your foot
  • Surgery: when all else fails there is always a possibility for more aggressive surgery.

If you have noticed pain in the bottom of your foot, or if anything in this list rings true for you then you might need to see a specialist for treatment of Metatarsalgia.

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