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Metatarsalgia is pain and swelling caused by compression of the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet. The injury can also be caused by overloading. The pain intensifies when you walk or rest on the foot area.
Metatarsalgia is not usually treated as a serious condition, but if left untreated it may cause pain in other parts of either foot, and even in other parts of the body, such as the lower back or hip, due to a change in gait caused by foot pain.
The symptoms of metatarsalgia may include:
The symptoms get worse when active and may disappear completely while resting. Because of the intense pain the patient feels, they may try to bear their weight on the leg that does not hurt, changing the way they walk, and this long-term compensation can lead to other symptoms such as back pain.
To make a correct diagnosis of metatarsalgia, a thorough clinical examination is usually performed and the patient's medical history, symptoms, and signs are reviewed.
The instrumental tests that can be performed are:
Metatarsalgia may be caused by:
To prevent metatarsalgia, it is recommended that people who practice sports should stretch their feet well before doing it, especially it is a high-impact activity.
Wearing comfortable, cushioned footwear and spending time relaxing and even massaging your feet whenever possible is recommended.
The treatment for metatarsalgia consists of anti-inflammatory medication, application of ice in the area, rest, changing or decreasing sports activity, and wearing comfortable shoes. Persistent cases may require physiotherapy.
Surgery is only used in the most severe cases.
The appropriate specialist to treat metatarsalgia would be a specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology.