Pain within the ball of the foot or forefoot, is known as Metatarsalgia. Pain may radiate into the toes.

As the forefoot supports our bodyweight during standing or exercise, metatarsalgia is common.
It can be caused by injury, badly fitting shoes, excessive exercise or foot conditions such as bunions.

Pain symptoms may feel mild to severe and affect daily activities, work or exercise.

Treatment is simple and starts at home by making changes to your lifestyle, performing exercises, using different shoes or insoles all without the need to see a GP or a specialist.

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