Metatarsalgia is a painful condition involving inflammation in the ball of the foot, situated behind the toes around the metatarsal bones. These foot bones link the toes to the midfoot, causing discomfort that ranges from aches and burns to sharp pain, hindering walking and weight-bearing activities.

Causes: Metatarsalgia is commonly caused by excessive pressure and stress on the metatarsal heads, stemming from various factors. Ill-fitting shoes, especially those with high heels or insufficient cushioning, may lead to uneven weight distribution on the front of the foot. High-impact activities like running and jumping can also play a role in metatarsalgia development. Specific foot conditions, such as high arches or hammertoes, can elevate the probability of metatarsal pain.

Symptoms: Typical symptoms of metatarsalgia encompass a burning or aching feeling in the ball of the foot, often worsening with activities such as standing, walking, or running. It may also feel as though one is walking on pebbles or has a lump inside their shoe. The swelling and pain can spread to the toes, and the area in question might be sensitive when touched.

Complications: Untreated metatarsalgia can hinder an individual's capacity for physical activities and result in persistent discomfort, thereby impacting their overall quality of life.

Management: Management of metatarsalgia focuses on relieving pain and reducing pressure on the metatarsal heads.  My New Arch Orthotics do just that by taking pressure off of the metatarsal heads and putting it in the arches where weight can be redistributed evenly throughout the foot. Rest, ice therapy, and over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate acute discomfort. Correcting these underlying foot conditions or gait abnormalities is also crucial for preventing recurring metatarsalgia.