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Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of the foot. Pain in this area may be caused by:

  • Narrow, high-arched feet.
  • Excess weight from pregnancy or obesity.
  • Excessive standing or walking.
  • Stress fractures.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Wearing high-heeled shoes.
  • Poor blood supply to the feet.
  • Bent or misshapen toes (such as hammer toes).
  • A tight Achilles tendon.
  • A pinched nerve, such as Morton's neuroma.

Treatment may consist of:

  • Wearing a more supportive shoe.
  • Avoiding high heels.
  • Foot pads to relieve pressure.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen.
  • Orthotic shoe devices.
  • Injections or surgery, if other treatments fail.

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