Metatarsalgia is an umbrella term used to describe a number of conditions that cause pain in the ball of the foot.
There are a multitude of conditions that can develop in this region including:
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Capsulitis/Synovitis (joint inflammation)
- Stress Fracture
- Tendinitis (inflamed tendons)
Mortons Neuroma (or neuritis) is the inflammation of a nerve that runs between the long bones in the ball of the foot (metatarsals). It can cause shooting pain, tingling, numbness and swelling. The pain is usually exacerbated by walking, running or standing on tip toes.
This condition can be particularly debilitating and impacts on the activities we usually enjoy. If ignored, the nerve may become thicker and scarred, making it more complex to treat.
Factors that predispose individuals to Mortons Neuroma include high foot arches, flat feet, bunions and hammer toes, certain sporting activities and restrictive footwear.
Fortunately, a neuroma is usually very easy to diagnose and treat. We may refer you to have an ultrasound after your initial appointment.
Our treatment for Mortons Neuroma
- Temporary padding and taping
- Shoe inserts, padding and orthotics, which are proven methods of controlling symptoms
- Footwear modification
- Short term treatment advice including over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, rest, ice and activity modification.
- Shockwave Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Gait Retraining – using visual feedback to modify the way you walk on our state of the art Zebris force and pressure analysis treadmill