Metatasalgia (Pain in the ball of the foot)

Inflammation of the metatarsal heads, mostly caused by ill-fitting footwear eg. high heels and biomechanical anomalies such as excessive pronation and supination. Very common in ladies but also affects the elderly, as we age the fibro fatty pad thins out and provides less shock absorption to the metatarsal heads causing pain and inflammation.

The following symptoms may be associated with Metatsalgia:
– Pain in the ball of the foot when waking barefeet on hard surfaces
– May be accompanied by corns, callus and bunions
– Sharp, burning and aching pain
– Numbness and tenderness on the ball of the foot.