Ever since mankind has started to walk on their two legs, it has been one of the greatest achievements of all times. If not for fire and other things, but then walking and standing up on their two feet has definitely been a direction of progress and evolution. Well, the man has used their feet for several different kinds of things that can be an endless sheet of things. But then in the day to day life, a man also has learned to hurt themselves in the process of achieving something great. It might be to break records or even to do something that no one else would have ever thought off. In reference to this context, we talking about the foot that happens to be the main reason we are able to do so many different things that you really never know when to stop. Needless to say, that when you carry out any kind of work from your foot, then you come to know that the foot also sustains some kind of injuries that might put it to complete rest and in turn cause it to not function ever again. Because there are several conditions where people haven’t been able to use their foot temporarily or permanently. Out of the several foot conditions that are there, we are going to discuss one particular one known as metatarsalgia. Also known as the ball pain underneath the foot. It is a condition where the area underneath the foot happens to be inflamed or swollen because of recurring stress and pressure applied to the bones that are present near the ball like the structure of the foot. Therefore, it can give out severe pain and agony as well. Thus, if you want to learn more about the condition and explore the condition to its depth then keep reading as we have some fascinating facts as well lined up after this. Let’s get cracking.


The foot is an interesting place as you can be surprised to find several key factors that revolve around the basic stability that it offers the body and also how it happens to handle all the weight that is transferred down by the body. Therefore, when you dive deep into the subject and anatomy of the foot, then you can be surprised to find some of the most interesting things that you could ever possibly find. Well if not for interesting things that certain facts that are literally unique and are interesting at the same time. Hence in this segment of the article, we are going to discuss something new or interesting about metatarsalgia. But then not only for this condition but then for several other conditions out there you can see that there are several interesting things just lying out there that you can pick up and be fascinated about the world of medicine. A lot of things can help you to know different things, but then in this article lets stick right to the topic of metatarsalgia. Hence below, we have enlisted some of the key interesting features about the defect of metatarsalgia. Take a look.

  • The word metatarsalgia is derived from the Greek word metatarsia and algos which mean pain. But then if you were to explore the in-depth meaning of this word then you would come to know that the entire meaning of the word id “pain in the ball of the foot”
  • Almost one in three people in the united states of America happen to have this condition.
  • People who wear high heels and uncomfortable footwear happen to have this condition frequently.
  • Athletes, dancers and even long durations of standing happens to ignite the fire in the condition and paves way for its occurrence.
  • The condition can be mistaken for several another kind of foot related problem but then a sharp pain form the metatarsals happen to give you a clear indication of metatarsalgia.

Causes and symptoms

To figure out that if any person were to be diagnosed with any kind of condition then there is a particular pattern that is to be followed. Mainly if the condition is foot related or any other part of the body for this matter. Finding out the true cause of how the person might have got the problem sure does give you the indication of the kind of treatment that you might have to go for and also keep in mind as to how you have to tackle the condition in order to get rid of it. Therefore, in this part of the article, we have rounded up several of the causes for the occurrence of metatarsalgia in the body such that you come to know as to how you can get it. You might be a victim of metatarsalgia if any of the given causes are repeated in your daily life. Hence take a look. 

  • Having excess weight – in today’s generation finding people with excess weight isn’t that hard. Well, this is actually a problem as your foot can only handle a certain amount of weight. Anything excess then your plantar fasciitis and your metatarsals happen to be affected really badly. Try to reduce your overall weight and be free from the condition as intense pain is the only thing that you might get after getting metatarsalgia.
  • Vigorous training regime – this implicates those people who happen to be in the world of intensified training in the world of sports and high impact activities. Mainly because as you run or even try to do anything that is way above your body limit, then all of the pressure that your body exerts down happens to go to your forefoot to your metatarsals and simply give in and thus causing the condition of metatarsalgia or even a really bad fracture as well.
  • Deformities in the foot – it can be a natural way of getting it or an artificial way. But then for artificial, wearing certain types of shoes or heels can reconstruct the shape of the feet into something really bizarre that the metatarsals can’t adjust to. Thus, paving way for the rise of metatarsalgia.
  • Stress fractures – well this condition can happen to anyone out there. Especially to weightlifters who happen to lift several 100 kilograms. What happens in this condition is that the metatarsals happen to produce small fractures in them thus when any strong blow comes in contact with them, then you can witness the worst pain ever possible as the metatarsals are cracked and beyond repairable.
  • Morton’s neuroma – in the condition of Morton’s neuroma, there is a small noncancerous growth of fiber tissues that can be found which happens to affect the overall movement of the foot. This growth occurs in between the third and fourth metatarsals thus causing the rise of metatarsalgia or something even worse.
  • Poor fitting shoes – mainly in women, wearing of heels and another improper kind of footwear happens to transfer all of the body weight onto the front of the font thus causing immense stress and pressure on the metatarsals and thus causing the condition of metatarsalgia.

The idea of knowing any kind of disease, infection, or even deformation is to look out for the aftermaths of the what all the condition might leave behind. Well, there are several scenarios where some of the conditions might not leave any kind of external signs but leave internal ones. In some, you can see bruises and rashes but in others, you can witness pain and discomfort to the extreme. Whereas few exhibit bot external and physical signs all of which gives us an idea of what might be the condition and also provides us with the basic of symptoms as well. But in modern-day medicine, looking at the symptoms and then getting to know what kind of information that you might have is a long shot, hence there are several other ways of knowing any kind of symptoms that the disease or the condition might impart on the individual. Therefore, in this segment, we are going to deal with the different kind of symptoms that metatarsalgia happens to impose on the person and what they might look like. Let’s get started.

  • Well, the most abundance of symptoms is pain and agony. But sometimes distress as well. But this pain comes from the ball of the foot which is in the forefoot region that happens to come under extreme stress and pain. But then this pain can also include burning sensations and also jolts of shock like pain from the metatarsals of the foot.
  • Also, you will happen to witness a feeling where you might have a pebble strapped underneath your foot thus making it really hard to walk and pain in huge quantities.
  • Your toes might start to act weirdly as they might go numb and therefore not feel anything that you might do to them. Also, you can get to witness some kind of tingling sensation as well from all the toes.
  • But in the end, pain is the one main thing that you feel all throughout the metatarsalgia time. Because of this pain comes and goes as and when it wishes. Giving you extreme agony and complete pain-free scenarios at most parts of the day.
  • Also, if you were to stand for a second also, you will experience pain like never before. Something that you won’t be able to do for a really long time is walking, run or even stand on your own foot for a couple of seconds as well.
  • The intensity of pain that we speak over here might be different from person to person as it purely depends upon the intensity of the condition and bad it might have affected the person as well.
  • Even then if you don’t feel any kind of pain or anything as of such and then experience some kind of dull pain or some sharp pain from the front of your foot, it’s that point of time where you can actually tell that your metatarsals are fully damaged and might need the repair ASAP.

Now that you have learned about the symptoms that metatarsalgia happens to impose on the person, now let’s move into the world of the most probable causes for the occurrence of metatarsalgia. Because these are the main reasons as to why a person might have the condition. Some might be natural which you really can’t do anything about while others might be self-induced which can be rectified in several different ways. Therefore, all of these risk factors that might lead to metatarsalgia are given below. So, take a look.

  • Age – age is one of the most important factors that starts to affect our body in several different ways. Mainly because of the regular changes that the tendons and ligaments happen to go through as the person grows older. Therefore, after the age of 60, metatarsalgia might be very frequent than ever before.
  • Overweight – well, in this case, being obese or overweight can lead to metatarsalgia very easily as the extra weight happens to make the body be imbalanced on several different occasions. Several normal functions of the body happen to reduce and thus causing some kind of friction-induced damage to the metatarsals.
  • High arches – this can be associated with a natural defect. Having high arches doesn’t mean that you will be prone to metatarsalgia, but then the probability of you having it increases because high arches tend to put all of the weight in the front portion of your foot where the metatarsals happen to be. Thus, paving way for the condition, they occur.
  • Natural history – if you have ever had some kind of previous foot related problems such as gout, arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions, then it’s very likely that metatarsalgia can happen at any point of time. Also having hammer toes can aggravate the condition of metatarsalgia that can be a deadly combination altogether.

How to know if you have metatarsalgia?

Every human being on this planet might have been diagnosed with some kind of condition that might be due to several reasons. But then being diagnosed with this kind of conditions, there must have been some underlying cause for it to even happen. Therefore, if we look into the medical history of any person then you will come to know that its highly possible that the major causes and the symptoms tell us that they have the defect, disease or the infection. Therefore, in the case of any foot-related issues, you will see that there are several ways of a person getting to know that they have some kind of condition travelling through their foot. Hence it could be a pain as this is most abundant way of telling that you have something or some external thing such as swelling or redness, etc. even then if you wanted to know whether you wanted to know that you had some kind of condition then checking in with a doctor might prove to be beneficial. But in the case of metatarsalgia, it might be different as the treatment could be done by a doctor, but then knowing that you have the condition can be done by yourself. Hence in this article, we are going to discuss the several different ways where one can get to know whether or not they have metatarsalgia or they have some other foot related condition. Below are some of the most prominent ones. Take a look.

  • Sharp pain and burning sensation – well this happens in most of the other foot related problems as well. But then in the condition of metatarsalgia, you can experience the sole part of your foot to have a burning like sensation and also there can be sharp jolts of pain coming from this region that at times it's unbearable.
  • Pebble feeling – what this means to say is that if you were to walk or even stand then your entire sole doesn’t feel soft anymore. But then you get the sensation that you have pebbles and Legos strapped underneath your foot and you are walking with them. Ouch!
  • The problem in your toes – in this condition you get some kind of feeling of numbness of the toes where you lose the functionality of your toes and also the toes start to tingle around thus making it really bad as the condition progresses even further.
  • Redness and swelling – well this can be on the latter part of the condition as there might be several reasons for this to even happen. But then in the condition of metatarsalgia, you can expect things to be a bit more extreme as the soles of your foot happen to be swollen beyond imagination and happens to sport a red color which gives pain to the fullest upon touch.
  • Pain under your toes – well on the onset of the condition you can expect the condition to cause some kind of a pain to build up underneath your toes thus giving you the indication that you have metatarsalgia.

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