Metatarsalgia: Pain in the Ball of the Foot

It’s common for foot pain to be localized in the ball of the foot, the area between the arches, and the toes on the bottom of the foot. This is metatarsalgia. It usually centers on the metatarsals, the five bones under the toes.

Anyone can develop metatarsalgia, but it is more common in men and women who run or participate in start-and-stop court sports such as tennis and basketball. Other risk factors and contributing conditions include:

Be alert to sharp or aching pain centered at the ball of your foot. Pay particular attention to other slowly developing symptoms including numbness or tingling in your toes, or a feeling like there is a pebble in your shoe that you can’t remove. If you notice any of these, schedule a visit with your foot doctor as soon as possible. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is the best-qualified medical professional to examine, diagnose, and treat this part of your body. If your doctor confirms your suspicion of metatarsalgia, s/he will have numerous treatment options available, including:

Are you living with foot pain, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? You don’t have to suffer any longer. Schedule a visit in My Chicago Foot Expert: Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM’s modern, comfortable Chicago office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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