1st June 2017


Metatarsalgia is the name for pain in the ball of the foot. It affects the metatarsals, the long bones in the midsection of your foot connecting to the toes. The feet can be a common source of pain because they support your weight throughout the day as you’re standing, walking and running.

Metatarsalgia can have a number of different causes, including wearing unsupportive footwear, conditions such as arthritis, and participating in high-impact sports.


Metatarsalgia tends to develop gradually over time.

It may be felt in a small area of the foot, or across the whole width of it. Additionally, one or both feet may be affected.


Symptoms of Metatarsalgia:

     Burning or aching sensation in the balls of the feet.

     Tingling or numbness in the toes.

     A feeling like there’s a small stone stuck under the foot.


Metatarsalgia tends to be worse when you’re standing, walking or running.


Sudden development of severe, sharp, shooting pains when weight bearing could be a sign of a metatarsal fracture and you should seek immediate medical help.


Metatarsalgia is more common in elderly people, overweight people and people with diabetes. A podiatrist can offer advice on reducing the pain caused by it. This can be footwear advice or producing shock absorbing pads or shoe inserts. In some cases insoles may be required.



Please feel free to contact the Didsbury, Manchester G4 Clinic to speak to a member of the team for any questions that you may have.


contact the clinic on 0161 445 5133 or email or book online

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