We constantly use and abuse our feet. We jump, run, walk, hop and skip on them. They bear the weight of our bodies and do not get a break often enough. Due to the high use and sometimes overuse of our feet, some people encounter pain and problems. One such problem that an individual can encounter is a common disorder known as metatarsalgia.
Metatarsalgia is a condition in which the metatarsal experiences pain. In the world of podiatry, this disorder is commonly known as a stone bruise. A stone bruise causes pain in the forefoot, which can range from mild to severe and is treatable with the help of a trained podiatrist.
Usually, when a person experiences the pain of metatarsalgia, it radiates from the joint right behind the big toe. The second most common location of this pain can be found under the second metatarsal bone of the foot. This injury is almost always caused by the overuse of the forefoot, leading to the heads of the bones bulging to cause pain and suffering. Many people have a hard time walking and living a normal active lifestyle when afflicted.
A trained podiatrist should be sought out in order to get the absolute best treatment for this condition. A podiatrist will typically recommend special pads that can be inserted into the shoe under the feet but above the insole. These pads help to prevent pain and discomfort as the foot heals and can be used with or without socks. Orthotics can also be employed to reduce the pain of metatarsalgia. Over the counter pain medication can help prevent swelling and inflammation as well.
All foot and ankle injuries should be taken seriously. If they are not treated in a reasonable amount of time they can often grow more severe and cause the patient more problems. If you suspect that you are suffering from metatarsalgia, call Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle located in the nature coast of Florida as soon as you can. Dr. Lawrence J. Kales will help to get your metatarsalgia under control so that you can live a healthy and happy lifestyle sooner. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. You will not be disappointed.