Metatarsalgia & Morton’s Neuroma
What is it?
Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of the foot, while Morton’s Neuroma is specifically located between the second and third space between the toes.
What are the symptoms?
The pain in the ball of the foot is usually a sharp, burning pain, which may even transpire into numbness or pins and needles.
What causes it?
Metatarsalgia may be caused by acute trauma, but most cases are related to faulty biomechanics in the foot. A Morton’s toe occurs from a difference in the length of the bones of the foot that has been present since birth.
Both conditions are usually related to abnormal timing and pressure while walking, a complex set of biomechanical problems that involve overpronation of the rear &/or the forefoot. Metatarsalgia is more common in those over 35 years of age, as the ligaments become less elastic and the transverse arch along the ball of the foot collapses.
How is it treated?
Metatarsalgia and Morton’s Neuroma both require custom orthotics to support all of the arches in the foot, correct overpronation and specific placement of padding to alleviate pain.