Metatarsalgia is the name for pain in the ball of the foot.

It affects the metatarsals, the bones connecting theankle bones to the toes. They're a common source of pain because they support your weight when you're standing, walking and running.

Metatarsalgiacan have a number of different causes, including wearing unsupportive footwear, conditions such as Arthritis ,and doing high-impact sports.

It can be very uncomfortable and interfere with your normal activities, but will often improve with some simple self-help measures.

This page covers:

Symptoms of metatarsalgia

What causes metatarsalgia?

Treating and preventing metatarsalgia

When to get medical advice

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 29 Nov 2016