Metatarsalgia is a general term used to describe pain or discomfort in the forefoot around the area of the metatarsal heads (ball of the foot area), however discomfort in this area can usually be attributed to a specific condition.
The instigation of pain in this area can often be attributed to one or more of the following factors : tight fitting foot-wear, being over-weight, high heels, high intensity exercise (e.g. squash, running) or a trauma such as stepping on a pebble or off a kerb leading to bruising or fracture. Abnormalities in the gait cycle may also cause problems. [Read more…]