What are Metatarsalgia, Neuromas, Stress Fractures, and Tendonitis?

Pain in the ball of the foot is often referred to as metatarsalgia. It may represent a stress fracture, neuroma, or tendonitis.

Stress fractures are common in the foot. They usually begin suddenly after increased walking or activity. The pain is accompanied by swelling. One telltale sign of a stress fracture is that the pain is present with any pressure on the foot and increases with increased standing and walking.

Neuromas cause sharp or cramping like pain that radiates into the toes. The neuroma represents a swollen nerve that has been repeatedly pinched between the long bones behind the toes. It's usually not a tumor. The nerve gradually thickens and scars secondary to chronic irritation. The thickened nerve appears like a tumor. As the neuroma enlarges, sudden pinching of the nerve causes intense pain. The patient usually has to remove the shoe and massage the foot to get relief of the pain. If left untreated the symptoms usually worsen.

Tendonitis is an inflammation in the ball of the foot. One of the most common areas for pain is just behind and under the base of the second toe. The symptoms are similar to those associated with the neuroma. Tendonitis is often seen in runners and in women who wear stylish shoes with high heels.

Home remedies for Metatarsalgia, Neuromas, Stress Fractures and Tendonitis includes wearing firm-soled shoes with plenty of room in the toe area; over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Tylenol, Motrin or Alieve. If the circulation is good, ice can be applied to the bottom of the foot for no more than fifteen minutes.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call my office today to set up an appointment.

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