Metatarsalgia is an umbrella term for conditions that cause pain over the forefoot or around the ball of the foot. It should be regarded as a description of pain than a diagnosis. Patients with metatarsalgia should be further assessed to determine the underlying diagnosis of the pain.
Conditions that can cause metatarsalgia include:
Risk factors that can cause metatarsalgia include:
Signs and symptoms of metatarsalgia include:
The treatment for metatarsalgia is based on the underlying diagnosis but often involves reducing the load on the forefoot and providing direct treatment over the affected structures.
Treatment options include: