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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 medicine, such as ibuprofen.
  • Orthotic shoe devices.
  • Injections or surgery, if other treatments fail.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised October 1, 2012

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