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34 Conditions That Make Your Feet Hurt

26. Metatarsalgia

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Pain in the ball of the foot is known as metatarsalgia. It affects the metatarsals, which are the bones that connect the ankle bones to the toes. They are a common source of pain because they bear your weight when you stand, walk, or run. Wearing unsupportive footwear, conditions such as arthritis, and participating in high-impact sports can all contribute to metatarsalgia. It can be very uncomfortable and disrupt your normal activities, but it usually improves with some simple self-help measures. Metatarsalgia is commonly caused by increased pressure on the ball of the foot. Poorly fitting footwear – high-heeled or restrictive shoes can force the ball of the foot into a small amount of space, putting more pressure on that area; high-impact sports – sports like running or tennis put extra pressure on the feet; being overweight or obese – this can also increase the pressure on the feet; an unusual bone structure in the feet – having narrow, high-arched, or flat feet can increase the chances of metarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is also more common in the elderly and in diabetics.