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