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Metatarsalgia (also called Capsulitis)
Metatarsalgia is a condition marked by pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. You may experience metatarsalgia if you're physically active and you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. Or, you may develop metatarsalgia by wearing ill-fitting shoes. There are other causes as well.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can sideline you. Fortunately, conservative treatments, such as ice and rest, can often relieve metatarsalgia symptoms. And proper footwear, along with shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports, may be all you need to prevent or minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.

Symptoms may include:

- Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot the part of the sole just behind your toes

- Pain in the area around your second, third or fourth toes or, only near your big toe

- Pain that gets worse when you stand, walk or run and improves when you rest

- Sharp or shooting pain in your toes

- Numbness or tingling in your toes

- Pain that worsens when you flex your feet

- A feeling in your feet as if you're walking with a pebble in your shoe

- Increased pain when you're walking barefoot, especially on a hard surface

Sometimes these symptoms develop suddenly especially if you've recently increased your usual amount of running, jumping or other high-impact exercise but problems usually develop over time.

When to see a doctor
Not all foot problems need medical care. Sometimes your feet simply ache after a long day of standing or a punishing workout. But it's best not to ignore any foot pain that lasts more than a few days. Talk to your doctor if you experience a burning pain in the ball of your foot that doesn't improve after changing your shoes and modifying your activities.

  

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