Metatarsalgia is a condition that commonly affects the bones and joints in the sole of your foot. This condition is usually associated with pain on the ball of the foot (metatarsal), especially on the three middle toes.
Those who are physically active and frequently engaged in high impact activities like running and jumping have a much higher likelihood of developing metatarsalgia. Other contributing factors to metatarsalgia include ill-fitting footwear and wearing high heels for prolonged periods of time.
Patients who have been diagnosed with certain chronic medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis and diabetes may also experience metatarsalgia as part of their condition. Aside from direct causes like injuries or trauma, other factors such as age, occupation, being overweight and certain lifestyle choices also put someone at increased risk of developing metatarsalgia.