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Definition  
Metatarsalgia is a general term used to refer to any painful foot condition affecting the metatarsal area - the ball of the foot.  
  
Indications 
  
Metatarsalgia is most often localized to the ball of the foot just behind the big toe or the second toe or can radiate from the joints or bones of the ball of the foot. Walking can be painful. calluses, mild heat, warmth to the touch, or swelling of the area are all possible.  
  
Cause  
Metatarsal joint pain commonly results from misalignment of the foot causing pressure on the joint or pinching soft tissues in the ball of the foot area. This can be a manifestation of other biomechanical foot issues or from simply wearing shoes too tight.  
   
How Orthotics Can Help  
The first step in treating metatarsalgia is to determine the cause of the pain. If improper fitting footwear is the cause of the pain, the footwear must be changed. Footwear designed with a high, wide toe box (toe area) and a rocker sole is ideal for treating metatarsalgia. The high, wide toe box allows the foot to spread out while the rocker sole reduces stress on the ball-of-the-foot.  
Orthotics can help by reducing excessive motion and by controlling and supporting the foot during physical activities to correctly align the foot in its function.  

If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

 
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