The word metatarsalgia refers to pain in the ball of the foot. It is a non-specific term but is often used to describe inflammation in one or more of the joints where the toes join the foot. This is known as capsulitis/synovitis of the metatarso-phalangeal joints.
Most people with a Morton’s neuroma complain of a sharp, shooting pain in the ball of their foot. For some, the pain can affect the toes and patients often report that their toes feel numb.
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Soft Tissue Masses
There are many types of abnormal swellings that can occur on the foot and ankle. The most common are ganglion cysts or bursae (fluid filled sacs).
A toe deformity relates to an abnormally shaped toe, which is bent at one of its joints. This leaves the joint prominent and can cause footwear discomfort or rub on adjacent toes.
Bunion- Hallux Valgus
A bunion (hallux valgus) occurs when the 1st metatarsal moves out of its normal position away from the 2nd metatarsal.
Osteoarthritis of the Big Toe Joint - Hallux Limitus
Osteoarthritis is commonly referred to as “wear and tear arthritis” and patients with hallux limtus commonly present with a painful and stiff big toe joint. The correct term for the big toe joint is the 1st metatarso-phalangeal joint.
Heel Pain- Plantar Fasciitis
Inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a long ligament-like structure that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel bone into the base of your toes.
Toes commonly dislocate at the joint in the ball of the foot because of a ligament (plantar plate) injury. Unlike other joints where a dislocation may occur due to a sudden injury, a dislocated toe normally develops over a more gradual period of time.
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