What is it?

Metatarsalgia is a generic term for pain or discomfort in the forefoot (the ball of the foot) underneath the metatarsal heads. The pain can be dull or sharp, constant or intermittent. Often calluses, can be found on the sole of the foot, under the metatarsal heads.


  •  high-heeled, tight or restrictive footwear
  •  reduced fat pad – aging /circulation problems
  •  underlying pathology
  •  bone structure – high arch feet are more susceptible
  •  foot deformities such as hammer toes and bunions
  •  stress fractures


How can we help?

  • Educate patients regarding footwear function, fit and support
  • Modify footwear as required
  • Fabricate custom made orthotics to alleviate pressure in the area and rebalance the metatarsal heads ensuring that each will bear their “fair share” of your body weight.
  • Assessment by our podiatrist to further investigate this condition.