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Metatarsalgia


Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of the foot. Pain in this area may be caused by:

Treatment may consist of:

  • Wearing a more supportive shoe.
  • Avoiding high heels.
  • Foot pads to relieve pressure.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.
  • Orthotic devices.
  • Injections or surgery, if other treatments fail.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedOctober 12, 2010

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