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Signs and Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

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Painful footThe city of Richardson, TX is committed to helping citizens stay active and healthy as they start reaching advanced years. The Richardson Senior Center has an array of activities and events for seniors, including classes, health and wellness programs, and even leagues for golf, tennis, and bowling. Staying active has proven to be beneficial not only for physical wellness, but also for mental and emotional health. Of course, when you are dealing with metatarsalgia, it can be hard to want to stay active, no matter how good it is for you!

This condition develops in the forefoot, but left untreated, it can lead to pain in other body parts—whether in the same foot or other areas like the hip or lower back—due to an altered gait. Being aware of symptoms will help you get the treatment you need to prevent further issues. Watch for:

  • Ball of foot pain, which may be aching, burning, or sharp in nature
  • Forefoot pain that worsens with activity, even just standing, and improves with rest
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in the toes

In addition to recognizing the symptoms, understanding why metatarsalgia arises can help. This condition can develop because of several causes, including intense physical activity, inherited foot structure, excess weight, foot deformities, shoes that fit poorly, and stress fractures. You are most at risk if you participate in high-impact sports, wear high heel shoes, have an arthritic condition, or are overweight.

If any of those causes or factors sound familiar, and you are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, there is a good chance this is the cause of your ball of foot pain. Your best bet for an accurate diagnosis, though, is to simply come in and have us evaluate the situation for you.

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