Metatarsalgia: Pain in Ball of Foot Surgery
- Metatarsalgia: Pain in Ball of Foot Surgery
Metatarsalgia: Pain in Ball of Foot
Pain in the ball of the foot may have a variety of causes including issues related to joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. This can be a very painful condition, which may limit walking and recreational activities, as well as choice of footwear.
Our foot and ankle specialists will examine your foot to assess the painful area and take a detailed history of the pain and symptoms. This is usually followed by investigations to identify the pathology and confirm the diagnosis before any treatment is commenced.
Metatarsalgia Causes & Treatment:
Mortons Neuroma:This benign swelling and thickening of the nerve often affects the ball of the 3rd and 4th toe,causing sharp shooting pain, burning and feeling of a lump. Investigations usually include ultrasound to confirm size and location followed by injections or, failing this, surgery.
Joint Swelling:this is often known as capsulitis or synovitis and can result from trauma, over-use or systemic factors associated with disease. After a detailed history we may request specialist investigations including X-rays and MRI followed by treatment with orthotics and injections.
Plantar Plate Tear:This ligament tear at the ball of the toe joint causes swelling and lump-like feeling. If left untreated this can lead to floating and hammer toe deformities. Specialised arthrogram MRI is required to confirm a diagnosis and often requires surgery if it is not treated immediately with splinting.
Hammer Toes:this can often cause pain in the ball of the foot due to the toes buckling. Surgical straightening of the toes can be performed to correct the underlying cause.
Long Metatarsal:A genetically long metatarsal can often cause forefoot imbalance and increased pressure, resulting in joint pain and problems. Shortening of the metatarsal can resolve this problem.