Metatarsalgia is an injury that commonly occurs due to the overuse of muscles. The term refers to inflammation and pain that occurs in the ball of your foot. In most cases, metatarsalgia is considered a symptom of another condition and isn't considered to be a disease of its own. Injuries to the forefoot tend to be common among high-impact exercisers and athletes. There's a high risk of injury to the forefoot for individuals who participate in high-impact sports involving running or jumping. In fact, individuals who participate in track and field have the highest chance of developing metatarsalgia. However, the condition is also common in soccer players, baseball players, football players, and tennis players. There are a variety of symptoms to look out for.
Sharp Pain In The Toes
Metatarsalgia's most common symptom is a sharp pain in the toes. This is because the condition affects the metatarsal bones. Pain typically occurs at the end of at least one of the bones, though in some cases, multiple bones are affected. The sharp pain patients experience will typically become increased when they run or walk. If a patient is an athlete with an inflammatory condition like bursitis, they might experience pain in the toes, the middle of the foot, or the ball of the foot. It's uncommon for the pain to be sudden. Instead, it slowly grows over a period that lasts for several months. Some other conditions can imitate the symptoms of metatarsalgia, such as Morton's neuroma. This condition causes inflammation and irritation to the nerve near the metatarsal bones. If a patient has Morton's neuroma rather than metatarsalgia, they might experience numbness in the toes as well.