Metatarsalgia is a condition marked by pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot. It is an inflammation of the nerve that runs between the third and fourth metatarsal (foot) bones. Pain can range from mild to severe and usually worsens when you stand or walk.
Symptoms of matatarsalgia may include:
sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot,
sharp, shooting pain or tingling and numbness your toes,
a feeling that you are walking with a pebble in your shoe,
increased pain when you are walking barefoot.
What to expect from therapy
The physical therapist can assist in decisions regarding proper footwear. Physical therapy may include cryotherapy, ultrasound, manual therapy to help decrease pain symptoms. An exercise program will be developed to increase strength and flexibility in the ankle and foot.