What is metatarsalagia?
Metatarsalgia is a broad term often used by health practitioners to describe pain and inflammation experienced in the forefoot.
This may often include inflammation of the capsule surrounding one or more of the joints in the ball of the foot (capsulitis) or inflammation of the lubricating fluid within the joint or tendons surrounding the joints (synovitis/bursitis). Symptoms may range from a full or inflamed feeling, a bruised tenderness or a burning or throbbing feeling around the bony part of the ball of the foot.
What causes this?
Overloading of the metatarsals and their surrounding structures due to misalignment and abnormal leg and foot function is commonly the main cause of this pain in the foot.
Pain in the ball of the foot is often misdiagnosed and therefore inappropriate treatment is often provided. An accurate diagnosis is best achieved through a thorough hands on assessment of the painful site accompanied by a comprehensive history taking. If a diagnosis cannot be made straight away further tests may be required such as X-Rays.
Treatment for Metatarsalagia.
Once we have obtained a diagnosis of your condition we are able to formulate an individualised treatment plan. We don’t offer a one size fits all treatment solution.
Depending upon individual circumstances one or multiple treatment options may be undertaken to offer you the best possible outcome.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.