What is metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia refers to any pain due to inflammation felt in the region of the sole of the foot, located on or distributed over the entire sole.


Where does it come from?

Metatarsalgia is often caused by a joint inflammation resulting from the collapse of one or more of the five metatarsal heads. The poor distribution of support points under the foot leads to pain in the pressure points. It can also be caused by other factors, including:

  • Arthritis;
  • A foot injury (sports, accidents, stress);
  • Walking on hard surfaces;
  • Specific shoes, such as work boots with rigid soles or high-heeled shoes.


Treatment solutions 

  1. Opt for a foot orthosis

A foot orthosis with a metatarsal dome contributes to reducing the pain by supporting the transversal arch of the foot and reducing pressure on the metatarsal heads.

  1. Choose an orthopedic shoe

It is recommended to wear an adapted shoe that respects the anatomy of the foot, avoids compression of the metatarsal heads and reduces pressure on the forefoot. The features to prefer are a heel lower than one inch and a thick sole, ideally a rocker sole.