Overview of metatarsalgia

Daniel A. Charen, Jonathan S. Markowitz, Zoe B. Cheung, Douglas J. Matijakovich, Jimmy J. Chan, Ettore Vulcano

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Metatarsalgia can be viewed as more of a symptom rather than a distinct diagnosis. Timing of forefoot pain during the gait cycle and evaluation of whether the pain is from anatomic abnormalities, indirect overloading, or iatrogenic causes can suggest a specific metatarsalgia etiology. A thorough physical examination of the lower extremity, especially evaluation of the plantar foot, and weight-bearing radiographs are critical for diagnosis and treatment. Nonoperative treatment consists of physical therapy, orthotics, shoe wear modification, and injections. If conservative treatment fails, surgical options may be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e138-e143
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


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