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What is Metatarsalgia?

It is pain in the front area of ​​the foot, specifically in the metatarsals. This pain is generally accentuated during walking and, to prevent it from appearing, it is important to know the origin.

Incidence and prevalence of metatarsalgia

It is a very frequent condition, being considered the second cause of recurrent body pain after low back pain. Over 35% of people age 65 suffer from metatarsalgia . The incidence of this condition is approximately 5-36% and usually affects populations that maintain constant pressure on the plantar pads, such as athletes who participate in high-impact sports (tennis, soccer, baseball, and American football). although the athletes are at higher risk of developing it women Those who frequently wear heels have a high risk of suffering from it, since the use of these footwear places the entire weight of the body on the head of the metatarsals, which progressively leads to the appearance of alterations in this area of ​​the foot.

Symptoms and signs of Metatarsalgia. How do I know if I have it?

The person affected by metatarsalgia presents Notable pain in the metatarsal area , which increases especially when exercising or when tension on the midfoot increases. In addition to the pain that is generally related to the amount of stress generated, there is often callus formation in the metatarsal area, which causes the sensation of having a stone in the shoe , a sensation that can be uncomfortable and annoying when walking. Metatarsalgia rarely shows other symptoms and when other complaints are present, they are related to an underlying disease.

What we want to say is that if the patient suffers from the secondary form of this disease, there is a risk that the symptoms related to the underlying disease will appear, such as drop or osteoarthritis . Yes one fracture bone is the cause of metatarsalgia, there is a risk of redness and swelling and the formation of a bruise (ecchymosis). Now, if the pinching or compression of a nerve is the cause of this ailment, the affected person may suffer from tingling or numbness in the toes, in addition to pain.


  • Use Kamex products to reduce excessive pressure points, that is to say, metatarsal discharge or back equity support .
  • Cold application several times a day.
  • Prescription of anti-inflammatories
  • Rest or change sports habits (less impact exercises)
  • Change footwear. Use an anatomical and more comfortable shoe with a flexible sole, wide enough toe box and a heel that does not exceed 2 or 3 centimeters.