What is Metatarsal Syndrome?


The metatarsal bones are the small bones that are under the base of your toes, with several of them coming together in the area of the ball of the foot. When this area is stressed from excessive exercise or work, or from being severely overweight, swelling and pain can occur that can become debilitating without proper treatment. People who have arthritis and osteoporosis are more susceptible to developing metatarsalgia. Symptoms can be similar to neuromas, so see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis. 

Symptoms of metatarsal syndrome include the following:

  1. Sharp, burning pain— in your toes and ball of the foot

  2. The discomfort increases upon weight bearing—When walking or even just standing up, the symptoms become much worse.

  3. Pain persists, even after resting—Many conditions can cause pain in the ball of the foot, so if pain persists see your foot doctor.

If this condition is left untreated for a long period of time, the alteration of the way you walk and place your feet produces spinal misalignment causing painful repercussions in your knees, hips, and back. 

Treatment by resting the foot or using an isolating metatarsal pad may be sufficient to relieve your pain and discomfort as the inflammation subsides. People who have other problems including toe deformities like hammertoes or overlapping toe problems may need surgery to straighten out the toes in order to properly treat the metatarsalgia. 

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment recommendations.  At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey, including Monroe Township. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe Township/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.