Are You at Risk Metatarsalgia?


Metatarsalgia isn’t a condition that affects just men or just women. This condition can affect virtually anyone. It also can affect people of all ages. The people who tend to get the condition more than others make certain lifestyle choices that can lead to the group of symptoms metatarsalgia is so well known for. These symptoms are swelling, pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Here is a breakdown of the most common lifestyle choices that can lead to metatarsalgia pain.

High Heels

People who choose to wear high heels as an everyday shoe are much more likely to get metatarsalgia. This is because high heels put a lot of pressure on the forefoot and ball of the foot. This pressure begins to damage and break down the tissue in the foot. This results from swelling, pain and inflammation of the foot. Instead of wearing high heels, try to get a pair of shoes with a low heel and ample support. Foot support can remove the likelihood of suffering from this painful condition.

Athletic Inclination

People who like to get out and get active are far more likely to suffer from this condition than the occasional walker. This is because the constant overuse of the feet builds up pressure on the forefoot. Athletes also tend to wear down their shoes very quickly. Worn out shoes cannot provide the cushion, shock absorption, and support that they need to in order to prevent foot injuries. Before you get back in the game, be sure to get back to the store for a new pair of kicks.


Everyone knows that overeating can cause weight gain. Not everyone knows that being a bit overweight can actually cause pain in the feet. Metatarsalgia is common in people who are overweight. This is due to the extra pressure that the body weight puts into the feet. Pressure on the feet causes pain and swelling.

If you wear high heels, are an athlete or are a bit overweight and are suffering from foot pain, it is time to see a podiatrist right away. Not only can they get to the bottom of your foot pain, but they can educate you on ways to treat it.

Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can teach you about metatarsalgia prevention. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.