That Pain in the Bottom of Your Foot Might Be Metatarsalgia


There are many reasons why a person might experience foot pain and many areas of the foot in which it might appear. Metatarsalgia is a medical term that refers to pain in the ball of the foot, in the area on the bottom of the foot between the arches and the toes.  

Metatarsalgia affects men, women, and children of all ages, but some people are more at risk than others including:

  • runners and people who take part in high-impact sports

  • people with high arches

  • women who routinely wear high heels

  • anyone with foot deformities including hammertoes and bunions or systemic illnesses such as arthritis or gout

  • people whose second toe is longer than their big toe – this may lead to an atypical distribution of weight while walking

  • people who are overweight or obese 

Metatarsalgia is characterized by discomfort in the ball of the foot, but that’s not the only symptom. Be on the lookout for other signs including:

  • pain that gets worse when you stand, walk, or run

  • tingling in the toes

  • a feeling like there’s a pebble in your shoe 

If you have pain anywhere in your foot, it’s time to see the foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, your board-certified podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. If an examination reveals that metatarsalgia is the cause of your pain, your doctor will have numerous treatment options available including RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling, and custom orthotics for cushioning and support. 

Do your feet hurt? Schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein in Hartford Podiatry Group’s modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call our staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.