What is Metatarsalgia (Foot Pain)?
Metatarsalgia is a foot pain condition in the area just before the toes (more commonly called the ball of the foot or forefoot). This condition is usually characterized by pain and inflammation on the sole around the metatarsal heads, which are the ends of the long bones in the
foot. Oftentimes, the joint capsule surrounding the joint and the tendons that connect to the muscles of the feet become inflamed producing foot pain. Increased pressure on the ball of the foot by standing and walking aggravate metatarsalgia symptoms. Other symptoms may include numbness and tingling in the toes, sharp pain when curling toes, bruised foot feeling, or a sensation of walking on a stone.
Who gets Metatarsalgia (Foot Pain)?
Metatarsalgia can affect anyone, but it is more common in people who spend significant time on their feet, especially while standing on hard surfaces (excessive Pittsburgh tailgating, retail sales, teachers, nurses, etc.). Athletes, such as runners, tennis and soccer players or other athletes involved in higher impact sports tend to experience metatarsalgia.
How did I get Metatarsalgia (Foot Pain)?
Improper foot biomechanics (dysfunction), poorly fitting shoes, overweight or repetitive and excess loads/stress may contribute to metatarsalgia. Other changes such as fallen arches, overpronation, and dysfunctional spinal structures & pelvic imbalance may be either a cause or effect of metartarsalgia.
What treatments help or correct Metatarsalgia (Foot Pain)?
Metatarsalgia cause determines treatment. Dr. LeGault will fully address the underlying cause of the metatarsalgia by performing a thorough evaluation of bodily structures (spine, muscles, ligaments, hips, knees, ankles, feet). At LeGault Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. LeGault evaluates each case individually to decide the proper treatment. Metatarsalgia often improves through chiropractic care which may involve a combination of the following:
- spinal adjustment
- extremity adjustment (foot adjustment, ankle adjustment, knee adjustment)
- myofascial and tendon release therapy
- anti-inflammatory supplements
- orthotic shoe inserts
- ice therapy
- low-level laser therapy
- kinesiology taping
- strengthening exercises and stretches
- diet and weight loss coaching
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*Disclaimer: Information provided does not replace medical advice. Please contact LeGault Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, PA for proper evaluation and management or your nearest Doctor of Chiropractic.