Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)

Hello everyone,

Metatarsalgia, that is, forefoot pain, is the pain felt on the sole of the foot, in the area between the arch of the foot and the toes.

This pain mostly occurs in 1 or 2 of the 5 comb bones located under the toes.

Patients with metatarsalgia often feel pain when their feet are loaded, especially in the front of their feet while walking.

Causes of foot pain?

The main reason for the metatarsalgia problem is the repetitive loads on the front of the foot during walking.

For example, calluses on the soles of the feet can cause pain by increasing the pressure on the foot if they grow.

Shoes that don’t fit properly can also cause foot pain.

How is the diagnosis made?

The diagnosis of metatarsalgia is made by physical examination. In order to evaluate the underlying cause of this problem in more detail and to make a healthier treatment plan, foot x-rays taken from the foot are examined.

How is the treatment?

Non-surgical methods are preferred first in the treatment. In cases where there is no response to treatment, surgical methods are used.

Practical measures to take can help reduce foot pain. For example, measures such as shoe changes, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and the use of personalized insoles may be preferred for this purpose.

In addition, as soaking the feet in water will soften the calluses, removing the callus stone and dead skin afterward will also help reduce the pressure on the foot. However, diabetic patients are advised not to do this procedure themselves.

I wish everyone a healthy day,

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