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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of your foot, near your second, third, and fourth toes.

What causes or increases my risk for metatarsalgia?

What are the signs and symptoms of metatarsalgia?

Symptoms usually develop over time, but you may have sudden pain from an injury. You may have any of the following:

How is metatarsalgia diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will examine your feet and legs as you stand and walk. X-ray, CT, or ultrasound pictures may show a problem with your foot, such as a fracture. You may be given contrast liquid to help foot problems show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. The cause of your metatarsalgia will be treated, if possible. You may also need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage or prevent metatarsalgia?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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