Metatarsalgia is a common condition characterised by pain and inflammation at the ball of the foot. Almost anyone can develop this condition, but you might be at greater risk if you:
- Regularly engage in high-impact sports, such as running and jumping
- Wear high heels, ill-fitting shoes and athletic shoes that lack support and padding
- Suffer from conditions that affect the foot, such as hammertoe, calluses and inflammatory arthritis
- Are overweight or obese
Symptoms of Metatarsalgia
Apart from pain under the ball of the foot, metatarsalgia may also be accompanied by swelling, bruising and inflammation. Signs and symptoms include:
- Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot
- Numbness or tingling in your toes
- Pain that worsens when you stand, run or walk, especially when barefooted on a hard surface
- Callus or corn formation under the ball of the foot
- The feeling of having a pebble in your shoe
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If left untreated, metatarsalgia can lead to more serious conditions like hammertoes, limping and pain in other parts of the body. Not all cases require surgery, but in more severe cases where you have toe deformities or when other forms of treatment have failed, metatarsalgia surgery may be necessary.
What to Expect From Metatarsalgia Surgery
Metatarsalgia surgery is carried out to relieve associated pain and/or reduce deformity and prominence of a joint. The surgery may involve a number of procedures, including bone repositioning and/or bunion surgery. You will be placed under general anaesthesia during the surgery, which will typically be completed in less than an hour. Most patients generally resume activities several weeks after the procedure.
Get Treated for Metatarsalgia in Singapore Now
Receiving timely treatment for metatarsalgia is essential to prevent the development of more painful and severe conditions. If you suspect that you may have metatarsalgia, speak to us and our orthopaedic specialists at Orthofoot MD Singapore will assess your condition and recommend you the appropriate treatment or surgery.