Group Health
RETURN

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.

By: Healthwise Staff Last Revised: October 1, 2012
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
Click here to learn about Healthwise