What is Metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia is a term used to describe pain in the metatarsals. These are the bones connected to the little bones in your toes. They lie just before the web between the toes begins.

If the body weight is not distributed in a normal manner through the foot, then an abnormally large proportion of the weight may be passed through the lesser rays. This high pressure can cause hardness of the skin and pain. Patients describe this as walking on marbles or having a stone in their shoe.

The high pressure can also be caused if the lesser toes are a lot longer than the big toe. The toes can claw and push down on the metatarsal. This often happens when there is a bunion This can also occur after surgery on the big toe if the big toe is shortened significantly by the surgery.

There are other causes for pain in the forefoot. It requires appropriate examination and tests to find out which cause is responsible for the foot pain.

If you have forefoot pain, it is best to see an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in foot and ankle surgery. You should have x-rays taken in a standing position - this is when the deformity is worst. It is also the position that your foot adopts in your shoe.

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