Metatarsalgia is name for pain at the “ball of the foot”. It occurs on the underside of the toes where the toes meet the foot. These joints are called Metatarsophalangeal joints and can become inflamed due to injury, or abnormality. It is usually the result of constant pressure to the Metatarsal head which inflames the synovial joint. It can affect one or more joints can be caused by arthritic changes, the structure of the foot, or thinning of the fatty tissue below the metatarsal heads which absorbs the shock as you walk or run.
Whatever the cause it is necessary to relieve the pressure to remove the cause of the pain and this can be achieved through several ways.