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The metatarsals are the five long bones of the foot. Athletes who run and jump a lot may be susceptible to metatarsalgia or stone bruise, a condition that manifests itself in pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The second, third and fourth metatarsal heads (the ball of the foot behind the toes) are the regions most affected. Wearing shoes with soles that are too thin for the activity can lead to metatarsalgia.
In treatment, we can assess gait and help you correct uneven distribution of pressure on the metatarsals - which frequently involves recommend properly fitting shoes or fitting you with doctor-prescribed orthoses to correct over-pronation. We may train you in stretching and strengthening exercises to correct tightness in the tendons. Massage to relieve pain and tightness in the metatarsal area is also a common treatment.
Although not a very serious condition, metatarsalgia can sideline you for a considerable length of time and, if left untreated, can lead to pain in the other foot or lower back pain because of your altered gait. It is necessary to see your physiotherapist early in order to stave off further problems. Call Oakridge Physiotherapy today.
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