What is Metatarsalgia?

There are many types of foot injuries, but one of the most common ones is metatarsalgia. This is an overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. While it is most commonly seen in athletes, individuals that engage in high-impact activities can risk this injury as well. If you have chronic pain or swelling in your feet or ankles, you should see a podiatrist in Calgary right away for proper treatment to avoid long-term issues.


Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

Most patients will complain of pain at the end of and in one or multiple metatarsal bones. This pain is worsened when the patient runs or walks on the injured area. Some patients may also have an inflammatory condition, such as bursitis, which will cause more pain.


Metatarsalgia does not show up suddenly, instead the pain starts coming slowly over a period of time and may take months before the full effects are experienced.


What Causes It?

Your foot can be injured in any type of activity, and like most overuse injuries, there are a few causes of metatarsalgia, including:

  • High levels of activity
  • Hammertoes
  • Weak toe flexors
  • Tight muscles
  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Excessive pronation
  • Poor-fitting shoes
  • Not allowing previous injuries to heal
  • High arches


The Best Way to Treat Metatarsalgia

Before you can treat it, you must have it diagnosed by a foot doctor in Calgary. X-rays may be required for diagnosis or an ultrasound to identify other conditions, such as bursitis. Treatment will depend on the severity of your injury. Some treatment options can include:

  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Shaving down calluses
  • Orthotic devices
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Surgery


The best course of treatment is provided by physicians that specialize in foot injuries and care. By visiting a podiatrist, your condition can be properly diagnosed and treated in time. Often, patients with other chronic conditions are mistakenly diagnosed with metatarsalgia, which means they do not get proper treatment. A podiatrist, like Dr. Russell at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, has state-of-the-art equipment that can accurately diagnose this type of foot injury.


If you have chronic pain and worry you may have an overuse injury. Visit our foot specialist in Calgary at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic. Call us at 403-450-8285 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.