Metatarsalgia is the general term used to describe forefoot pain in the area of the metatarsal bones. The pain usually occurs at the ball of the foot, otherwise known as the metatarsal phalangeal joints. Examples of related forefoot conditions include – bunions (hallux valgus), Morton’s syndrome (short 1st toe), Morton’s neuroma (pinched nerve) and metatarsal fractures.
The most common symptoms associated with metatarsalgia include:
The most common causes of metatarsalgia include:
Orthotics (Orthoses) – Must be prescribed by a physician
Custom made orthotics support the skeleton, muscles and fascia in the correct position. Orthotics are a long-term solution to prevent reoccurrence by controlling and / or correcting the mechanics that cause the problem. Orthoses for metatarsalgia should include:
Footwear including therapeutic and orthopaedic shoes are integral to the treatment process. Certified Pedorthists are trained to fit patients with appropriate footwear. BioPed offers many types of footwear into which an orthotic device may be placed or worn alone. Footwear for metatarsalgia may have any of the following characteristics:
Modifications to footwear are also available at the discretion of the Pedorthist.