Metatarsalgia is a general umbrella term for forefoot pain beneath the ball of the foot, or the area just before the toes.
The forefoot (or ball of the foot) is made up of many small bones, muscles ligaments, tendons and other body tissues. This makes pain in this area complex to diagnose. A diagnosis must be carefully made using a thorough history and direct questioning. Our podiatrists have expert knowledge of the anatomy of the forefoot ensuring an in-depth examination and subsequent identification of the injured structure.
Management is directed towards targeting the cause of the condition, and measures put in place to offload and distress the affected region. Sometimes semi-immobilisation is required in a short leg pneumatic walker (or soft cast), but more often it is an simple as footwear modifications and in shoe orthoses.