Metatarsalgia (Ball of Foot Pain)

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What is Metatarsalgia?

The Pedorthic Association of Canada defines Metatarsalgia as the term used to describe four foot conditions that cause pain, burning, and discomfort under the ball of the foot.

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia:

Symptoms include pain and burning sensations, sharp, shooting pains in the balls of the feet when standing, walking or running, or numbness and tingling in the toes.

Who’s at Risk for Metatarsalgia?

Individuals who suffer from fallen arches or arthritis; experienced trauma to the foot;undergo intense activity; or, wear improper/ unsupported footwear are at risk for developing foot pain.


Wear comfortable, supportive footwear, such as a shoe with a stiff rocker-bottom to minimize stress on the ball of the foot..

Treatment Options:

A series of non-invasive therapies has been found to be quite effective for treating ball of foot pain. Dr. Strong will do a thorough examination and get you started with the most effective treatment plan to make your feet pain free.