Posts for: November, 2019
Do you have pain in the ball of your foot? For some people, it comes from simple calluses. For others, it's an inflammatory condition known as metatarsalgia. Here at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, your podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, see this foot pain quite frequently, and they know how to help. Would you like to feel better?
More about metatarsalgia
The metatarsal bones are the long, tube-like bones in the midfoot. Overuse through sports, work, arthritis, or even wearing high-heels, can all lead to the characteristic pain and inflammation of metatarsalgia. While symptoms may come on slowly, they can accelerate with increased activity, and are often accompanied by numbness.
Who can develop metatarsalgia? Really, anyone can, but as with most podiatric conditions, age is a predisposing factor. Additionally, athletes often experience this type of foot pain, as repetitive physical activity can abuse the ball of the foot. Health conditions such as gout, arthritis, and diabetes may also accompany metatarsalgia.
Diagnosing the problem
When a patient comes into our Chattanooga office with pain in the ball of the foot, Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan look at several factors during a consultation. Of course, a simple physical exam and review of symptoms comes initially, and if necessary, your podiatrist may perform an X-ray screening, ultrasound tests, or even an MRI to rule out fractures or other issues.
As with most inflammatory conditions of the foot, rest and lifestyle adjustments are important. In fact, sometimes these simple interventions are all that it takes to stop the pain.
Other times, however, metarsalgia requires consistent and more long-term treatment strategies, including:
- Changing footwear to something with better cushioning
- Icing the ball of the foot several times a day
- Taking over-the-counter ibuprofen to control pain and inflammation
- Wearing arch supports (customized shoe orthotics)
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Wearing shoes with heels no higher than two inches
Find out more
If you suspect that you may be dealing with metatarsalgia or another podiatric issue, please contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN. Call the office at (423) 855-0728. You'll get the help you need!