Metatarsalgia (ball of the foot) pain is characterized by inflammation in the area just before the toes which is called the metatarsal region. Most patients develop this after an increase in exercise, but sometimes the pain develops over time.
Symptoms include pain the increase while you stand or walk, pain the goes from the ball of the foot to the toes, feeling as if you are walking with a stone in your shoes, and can even include numbness and tingling in your toes.
Usually multiple factors contribute to the pain including over-training/over-activity, foot disorders (such as hammertoes, bunions, neuromas or high arched feet), incorrect fitting or type of shoes (ex high heels or narrow toe shoes), excessive weight and even aging.
If you are experiencing these symptoms you can start with wearing the properly fitting and type shoe, and icing the area. If you need help with finding the right shoe gear we have many options available at the office. If both these treatments don't decrease the pain then come in to see a specialist at Gentle Touch Foot Care, visit our video library or contact our office via our website or by calling (973) 673-3668.