Metatarsalgia Foot Pain
Metatarsalgia is a type of foot injury causing inflammation and pain in the ball of the foot, common among athletes who frequently run and jump in sports like tennis, baseball, soccer, and football. Metatarsalgia is typically thought of as a symptom of other conditions rather than a disease on it’s own. The pain associated with metatarsalgia usually comes on gradually over the period of several months. When metatarsalgia foot pain symptoms are present, it’s important to pinpoint the source and reason for the pain.
Where is my metatarsalgia foot pain coming from?
As with many other overuse injuries, metatarsalgia can be the result of poor biomechanics and improper weight distribution. It can also occur because of something small such as wearing improper footwear. Shoes that are too tight or constricting can cause metatarsalgia foot pain over time.
When should I seek metatarsalgia treatment?
If you’re experiencing symptoms of forefoot pain in the foot, difficulty bearing weight or pushing off, pain or tenderness or excessive calluses under the foot as a result of pressure, it’s a good idea to seek out metatarsalgia foot pain treatment. Foot injuries like metatarsalgia can take you away from your favorite activities as the condition makes it difficult to walk, let alone participate in high-demand activities.
How can physical therapy help with metatarsalgia foot pain?
Working with a physical therapist will allow you to find the source of your foot pain and begin treatment to eliminate the cause. Your physical therapist will assess your gait to help correct uneven weight distribution on the bones of your foot while also recommending properly fitting shoes. They may also incorporate techniques such as:
• Manual therapy to massage and relieve pain and tightness in the metatarsal area.
• Patient education to review external factors causing foot pain such as running posture or faulty movement.
• Stretching and strengthening exercises to correct tendon tightness, improve range of motion, and decrease load on your foot.
Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to treat and prevent metatarsalgia foot pain, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about how to prevent metatarsalgia or to eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.
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