Metatarsalgia is a common injury in which the long bones that run along the ball of your foot—the metatarsals—become inflamed. This often causes a burning, aching, or sharp pain just beneath the toes. It might also feel like there is a stone in your shoe when you walk.
Inflammation of the metatarsals often occurs as a result of overuse, especially with runners who regularly pound the ground with the fronts of their feet. Additional factors, including a tight Achilles tendon, flat feet, or improperly supportive footwear, can place excess pressure on the metatarsals and contribute to the problem.
If you suffer pain in the ball of the foot that doesn’t improve after several days of rest, contact Dr. Jennifer Keller and the staff of Shenandoah Podiatry. We can properly determine the source of your discomfort and recommend treatments and lifestyle changes that can find your relief. Schedule an appointment with our Blacksburg office by calling (540) 808-4343 or our Roanoke office by calling (540) 904-1458.