Metatarsalgia is a generalized term for foot pain experienced in the metatarsal bones of the foot. Metatarsalgia may occur with pesplanus (flat foot) or pescavus (high arches). Metatarsals are the long thin bones approximately in the middle of the foot, and are numbered one through five. Number one metatarsal is the bone referencing to the big toe, whereas number five is the bone referencing the baby toe. This area or ball of the foot often becomes inflamed. Metatarsalgia is often most noticeable in activities that involve running and jumping, and where improper shoes can contribute to the condition.
Metatarsalgia is a condition that tends to be very painful and often can sideline people. Ice and rest can help relieve symptoms of metatarsalgia. Good proper footwear with a properly fitted orthotic if required can be very beneficial.
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