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A common condition, metatarsalgia is inflammation of the ball of the foot that is painful and debilitating. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy to regain use and flexibility. Orthotics and foot pads also are known to alleviate pain from metatarsalgia.

What are the signs and symptoms of metarasalgia?

  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Pain that worsens when standing
  • Burning sensation or shooting pain
  • The feeling of a small stone under your foot

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