What is Metatarsalgia (Ball-of-foot Pain)?

Pain located in the ball of the foot, also known as metatarsalgia, is a common complaint that occurs when the heads of the long bones in the feet become stressed. This can be due to a large variety of reasons that include a high-arched foot, anatomy of the bones and their position in the foot, biomechanical problems, or it may be secondary to other conditions like Morton’s neuroma, arthritis, or Freiberg’s disease.

It may also be caused by changes resulting from trauma or surgery. Footwear is also a common cause. A thorough history and examination must be conducted in order to determine the cause of the problem.



Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Corns

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Kardem Kiter

Article by Kardem Kiter, specialist podiatrist at Family Podiatry Centre.

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