Understanding the Pain of Metatarsalgia

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It’s not unusual for patients to come to Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. to see James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS because they are experiencing pain in the area between their arches and their toes on the bottom of the foot, often in the area of the five bones behind the toes. These bones are called the metatarsals, and pain in this area is known as metatarsalgia.

Who Gets Metatarsalgia?

Anyone can get metatarsalgia. Men, women, and children are all at risk. It commonly affects people who engage in high impact sports such as tennis and basketball. It is also a common complaint among runners. Women who wear high heel shoes daily often exhibit symptoms of metatarsalgia, as such shoes increase the load on the ball of the foot. Bunions, hammertoes, and other foot deformities are frequently accompanied by metatarsalgia. Of note, people whose second toe is longer than their first also often experience metatarsalgia, although doctors are not quite sure why.

How Can My Doctor Treat Metatarsalgia?

If you are experiencing foot pain, the first step toward wellness is a visit with a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. James M. McKee. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body. Your appointment will begin with a thorough examination that may include imaging, such as x-rays. Once your doctor has arrived at a precise diagnosis, s/he will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. Options for your care will include:

  • new footwear

  • over-the-counter and prescription medications for pain and swelling

  • custom orthotics to provide cushioning and support

Are you exhibiting symptoms of metatarsalgia, or do you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. is here to help. Schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable office on Solomons Island Road today. Call our friendly staff at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started.