Are you experiencing pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot? If so, you may have metatarsalgia. An inflamed and painful foot can have many different causes, so you will need to get an expert opinion from a foot doctor about what condition you have. Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM can help you to get a proper diagnosis and can provide the treatment you need to stop the pain.
Metatarsalgia is commonly caused by involvement in athletic activities, such as running and jumping. As both a skilled podiatrist and an athlete who enjoys partaking in outdoor recreation around Salt Lake City, Dr. Auger is uniquely familiar with the types of conditions that can affect those who engage in a lot of physical activity. Contact Dr. Auger for help diagnosing and treating metatarsalgia so you can get back up on your feet.
Metatarsalgia can develop due to intense athletic training or physical activity. If you have a high arch, metatarsalgia is more likely to develop. Deformities of the foot, such as hammertoe, and obesity are contributing risk factors to developing metatarsalgia. Wearing the wrong shoes can Increase the chances of this condition as well. High heels or poorly fitting shoes are both examples of the kinds of footwear likely to cause metatarsalgia.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia range from a burning or ache in the ball of the foot to sharp shooting pains; numbness and tingling in the toes; and the feel of a pebble being stuck in your shoe. The pain or discomfort often worsens when flexing or walking, especially on a hard surface. You should see a doctor if this discomfort lasts for more than a few days, especially if you modify your activity level or change your footwear and still experience pain in the ball of the foot.
Metatarsalgia must be diagnosed by an examination and, in some cases, an X-ray to rule out more serious foot problems such as stress fracture. Dr. Auger will conduct a thorough diagnostic examination, including asking you about your activities. Once metatarsalgia is diagnosed, Dr. Auger can help you to explore the use of conservative approaches such as resting, modifying activities, and changing footwear.
If your metatarsalgia is caused by conditions like hammertoe, or if the pain in the ball of your foot does not lessen with treatment, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Auger can perform a procedure to realign the metatarsal bones to relieve pain.
Dr. Auger has helped many patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah who are suffering from metatarsalgia. Call today to talk with Dr. Auger and find out how a foot doctor can assist you.