MetatarsalgiaAthletes who run and jump a lot may be susceptible to metatarsalgia, a type of foot injury that manifests itself in pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Wearing shoes with insufficiently thick soles can lead to this foot injury. Over-pronation of the feet (the foot rolls inward) and a tight, high arch are also causes. Symptoms of metatarsalgia are:
- Pain in the forefoot is most pronounced when the person tries to bear weight or push off in high heels.
- Passive range of motion (when the therapist tries to bend the foot downwards) may be difficult or painful.
- Pain and tenderness when the joint is pressed in.
- Excessive skin or calluses may be seen under the foot because of pressure.
- Assess gait and help correct uneven distribution of pressure on the metatarsals.
- Recommend properly fitting shoes.
- Fit you with doctor-prescribed orthoses to correct over-pronation.
- Train you in stretching and strengthening exercises to correct tightness in the tendons.
- Massage to relieve pain and tightness in the metatarsal area.