Metatarsalgia translated means pain in metatarsals or ball of the foot. In other words it is medicines junk term/diagnosis for pain in the ball of the foot. It doesn’t describe the location or cause of the pain making it more difficult to effectively treat.
For example if a patient presented with pain in the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia) and radiographs revealed a fractured bone then I would diagnose a broken bone not metatarsalgia. On the other hand if a patient presented with pain in the foot with no obvious diagnosis after a physical exam/radiographs then I would diagnose metatarsalgia.
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