Metatarsalgia is the term given to ball of foot pain, sometimes accompanied by bruising or inflammation. It is not a specific injury or disease in itself, but thought of more as a symptom associated with other conditions.
Pain in the ball of the foot is a common occurrence with multiple potential causes ranging from obesity to stress fractures to arthritis. Determining the causes of a specific case will likely have an effect on the overall course of treatment, but most standard discomfort can be cared for through conservative measures. Resting the foot, application of ice, and foot-strengthening exercises may be recommended. Other courses of finding relief may include laser therapy or the prescription of orthotics to compensate for abnormal foot shapes and correctly redistribute weight along the foot.
If you are suffering from pain in the ball of your foot, don’t try to ignore it. Let Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, and his expert staff diagnose the root of the problem and set you on track to healthier, happier feet. Schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA, office by calling (760) 568-0108.