Foot anatomy

The metatarsal bones are a group of 5 bones (one for each toe) found between the toes and the mid/hind foot. The metatarsal or transverse arch lies horizontally across the bottom of the foot under the metatarsal bones. 

Metatarsal bones


Metatarsalgia is a type of inflammation that causes pain in the ball of your foot (metatarsal) and is also known as “stone bruise”. While metatarsalgia usually affects physically active people, it can also be caused by footwear that doesn’t fit properly or low quality footwear. It is a common overuse injury that develops primarily from high impact on your feet through activities such as jumping or running. 

Symptoms of pain from metatarsalgia can range from mild to severe, and usually become more noticeable and unpleasant when the individual stands of moves. Some describe it as a burning sensation, while others complain of shooting pain, tingling or numbness in their toes. “It is like walking on pebbles.”

You should contact us about having a foot scan/dynamic gait analysis to see if you require custom orthotics for metatarsalgia or any other foot concerns. Especially, if you run or are physically active or if you are experiencing symptoms of metatarsalgia. Remember, your feet are the foundation of your body. Taking care of your feet will help maintain proper alignment throughout the rest of your body. 


Treatment for Metatarsalgia

Although it is most common that middle aged females experience metatarsalgia, it can affect both men and women of all ages. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage and eliminate the pain you are feeling. Contact us to set up an appointment to discuss treatments for metatarsalgia and to discuss different options such as: metatarsal pads or custom orthotics that can help reduce the pain you are feeling while allowing you to maintain your active lifestyle.