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Metatarsalgia: When Ball of Foot Pain Becomes Unbearable

Metatarsalgia: Ball of Foot PainMetatarsalgia is a condition characterized by sharp aching and sometimes burning pain right behind the toes. Other distinguishing characteristics manifest themselves such as:

  • Pain becomes less when you are at rest and gets significantly more noticeable when you walk
  • Pain when running or other impact exercises
  • Pain while flexing your foot.


On occasion you may experience a numbness or pins and needles sensation in your toes. You are more apt to develop Metatarsalgia if you:

  • Engage in intense exercise
  • Wear high heels
  • Pack a few extra pounds
  • Have another foot injury or condition that has altered your weight bearing


Metatarsalgia is not usually serious although any foot ailment that can sideline you should be taken seriously. It may not require medical treatment, but you may wish to try the following to see if symptoms ease up:

  • Change shoes
  • Add cushioning insoles
  • Metatarsal pads
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Arch supports – try over-the-counter or custom made to fit your foot perfectly


If you’ve tried resting the affected foot for a couple of days and are not getting relief from your pain, consider a visit to Dr. Brook or Dr. Northcutt. If left untreated Metatarsalgia can cause pain in other parts of the foot or other locations in the body such as knees, hips and lower back. Other foot problems have similar symptoms as Metatarsalgia, so in addition to your doctor’s examination of your foot, further diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, may be required to rule out other possible problems like stress fractures and confirm the diagnosis.

Only qualified physicians like Drs. Brook and Northcutt can determine the exact cause of your foot pain. Call Dallas Podiatry Works for an appointment at (972) 566-7474 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 Baylor/Plano. You supply the sore feet and they’ll supply the remedy!

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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