For those patients receiving a diagnosis of foot Metatarsalgia, it is important to know the differential diagnosis or specific local problem encompassed by the general diagnosis of foot Metatarsalgia. Multiple diagnosis can create foot pain along the metatarsal bones or "ball" of the foot. This pain is usually located along the bottom or plantar aspect of the foot across the ball and can be caused by several specific things. Establishing a specific foot Metatarsalgia diagnosis may produce the findings of stress fracture of the metatarsal bones, plantar wart, Interdigital or "Mortons" Neuroma, Metatarsal-Phalangeal bursitis, ligament injuries, synovitis or callousing.
Making a specific diagnosis is important in developing the correct treatment plan.
This is identified as the thickening or fibrosing of the nerve located between the 3rd and 4th webspace of the foot. Pain is localized during exam to this identified site and may radiate into the toes. The typical complaint can be from mild to significant arch pain, either localized or shooting and numbing into the toes. This condition may come about by excessively tight shoewear, or standing or walking for long distances with poorly supportive shoes.