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Metatarsalgia 101

The term metatarsalgia refers to any condition that causes pain in the ball of the foot, also known as the metatarsal region. The most common cause of metatarsalgia is pain from inflammation in the metatarsal heads (ball of the foot) that puts pressure on the front of the foot. There are a variety of other causes that can lead to pain in this area of the foot including bunions, overuse of the ball of the foot, aging, having higher arches, arthritis, gout, or diabetes. Other factors, such as being overweight or wearing high heels, can also lead to stress in this area. If you are dealing with discomfort or pain in the ball of your foot, it may be a good idea to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to discuss various treatment options. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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