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13650 10 Mile Rd South Lyon, MI 48178-9143 | (248) 486-1177
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Metatarsalgia (foot pain in ball)

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Pain in the area between the arch and toes, or ball of the foot, is generally called metatarsalgia. The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in this mid-portion of the foot. Also known as dropped metatarsal heads, metatarsalgia can cause abnormal weight distribution due to overpronation.

Metatarsalgia occurs when one of the metatarsal joints becomes painful or inflamed. People often develop a callus under the affected joint. Metatarsalgia also can be caused by arthritis, foot injury (from sports, a car accident, or repeated stress), hard surfaces (cement or tile floors), and specific footwear (rigid-soled work boots).

A simple change of shoes may solve the problem. In more severe cases, custom orthotics may be prescribed to alleviate the pain and prevent overpronation.


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Our Locations

31017 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 585-1177

13650 10 Mile Rd South Lyon, MI 48178-9143
(248) 486-1177

4123 Martin Rd Ste 101 Commerce Township, MI 48390-4117
(248) 363-3777

1501 N Milford Rd Milford, MI 48381-1024
(248) 676-2080

89 West South Boulevard, Suite 500 Troy, MI 48085
(248) 509-7086