Cinco de Mayo is not a day you want to be stuck inside due to forefoot pain – it’s a day to celebrate! Metatarsalgia is no fun, but once you figure out the underlying cause it’s usually relatively easy to treat. So if forefoot pain is bothering you, get to the bottom of it quickly before it becomes a bigger problem.
Metatarsalgia isn’t actually a condition but a symptom of another underlying condition. The pain is often localized to the forefoot area and can feel worse when you are standing, running, walking, or jumping. You may even feel pain when the toes are just being flexed, as when you are stretching. Sometimes you may also feel numbness or tingling. Many times patients will describe the pain as “having a pebble or rock in my shoe.” There are many causes that can lead to metatarsalgia so it’s important to figure out which one applies to you. Some contributing factors include being overweight, wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, having another condition such as a bunion, hammertoes, or arthritis, or having high arches.
Once you figure out the underlying cause treatment can get started. Sometimes treatment can be as simple as losing a few pounds to lower the stress you put on your feet. You can do this by eating healthier foods, drinking more water, and exercising daily. If your feet hurt too much to exercise you can try something low impact such as swimming or cycling. If your shoes are the problem it might be time to invest in a more comfortable and properly fitting pair. Get yourself sized by a professional to be absolutely sure. If another condition is causing the metatarsalgia you should concentrate on treating the underlying condition first, which will probably lead to the disappearance of the forefoot pain.
If you have more questions regarding what forefoot pain is or how to treat it give Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison a call at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.