Forefoot Pain

Forefoot pain, also referred to as metatarsalgia, is a type of pain that occurs in the ball of the foot. Individuals with metatarsalgia experience pain of varied intensity and find difficulty in activities like walking, running, playing, and several others.


Patients with metatarsalgia usually experience a sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of their feet. The pain usually worsens during standing, walking, and running. Some may have numbness or tingling sensations in their toes. In most cases, the skin overlying the affected area becomes thick and hard. Some people may notice changes in the shape of the feet or toes depending upon the cause of pain.


Medications: Your doctor may prescribe pain medications to reduce pain and inflammation.

Activity modification: Extra-fit toe pads, softening or gel pads can be placed inside your shoes to help cushion the area of discomfort. Simple footwear modifications include using low-heeled shoes and broad toe box shoes with silicone gel pads to minimize discomfort.

Surgery is considered if the symptoms fail to resolve with conservative treatments.

  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • jackson memorial hospital
  • Foot & Ankle International
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • university miami
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • My Footcare MD