Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is characterized by pain at the ends of one or more metatarsal bones. Those are the bones closest to your toes in the ball of your foot. Sharp discomfort, a dull aching, or a burning sensation are all possibilities. You might feel as if you've stepped on a stone. When you walk or run, the discomfort is usually worse. In your toes, you may experience tingling or numbness.

If you are experiencing any of the following potential signs of metatarsalgia, you should seek the assistance of an experienced podiatrist:

Pain in the ball of your foot.

This is usually experienced as a burning or tingling sensation at the forefront of your foot.


You may see swelling and tenderness in the ball of your foot, which can cause difficulty walking.

Sharp pains.

You may experience sharp shooting pain in the ball of your foot that worsens when you stand or walk for long periods of time.

How a Podiatrist Can Diagnose and Treat Metatarsalgia

Seeing a podiatrist is the best way to get a proper diagnosis of metatarsalgia. A podiatrist will assess your condition and rule out other potential causes of foot pain. When you visit Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle, one of our podiatrists will perform a physical exam to check your feet and ankles for signs of metatarsalgia. We may also use imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI to help assess the severity of your condition. 

A treatment plan that is tailored to the individual is essential. Your podiatrist might recommend:


Custom orthotics can help reduce pressure on the ball of your foot and provide cushioning for comfort.


Over-the-counter or prescription medications may be prescribed to reduce swelling and relieve pain.


In severe cases, surgery may be required to realign the metatarsal bones.

Are You Suffering From Metatarsalgia In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from metatarsalgia you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.