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Foot Pain and Metatarsalgia

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

The name given to a pain in the ball of the foot is metatarsalgia. The five long bones on the bottom of the feet are the metatarsals, and they connect the ankle to the toes. This type of foot pain can feel like a burning sensation or may range from a dull ache to shooting pain. The area that is affected is where the second, third, and fourth toes meet the ball of the foot and may feel worse when walking or running. Some medical reasons that metatarsalgia may develop include arthritis, hammertoe, bunions, or the painful condition known as gout. Additional causes are wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, being overweight, and participating in high-impact sporting activities. Mild relief may be found when elevating the affected foot as often as possible, and it may help to wear shoes that have shock-absorbing insoles. Additionally, many people choose to stretch their Achilles tendon, exercise the ankle, and wear shoes that have flat or low heels. If you have pain in your foot and would like a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, please confer with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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