Metatarsalgia / forefoot pain
Metatarsalgia or forefoot pain is very common and can have many different causes. The pain is on the underside of the forefoot. The problems usually appear during exercise, especially when walking. Symptoms are strain pain, feeling the foot bone when walking as if the padding has disappeared, and like stepping on a rock under the forefoot. Usually, there is less pain at rest and when using shoes with soft soles.
Other causes of forefoot pain must be diagnosed before treatment, and these are the ones that follow. With radiating pain in the toes, Morton’s neuroma can also be the problem: when a nerve has become pinched and becomes irritated among muscles and bones in the foot. The plantar plate can be damaged, and it is a cartilage structure under the joints of the toes that is injured. A sign of that is that the toe is misaligned from the midline.
The video shows the reason for all the symptoms described. The foot is forced to the weak side of tiny toes.
THIS IS HOW THE TREATMENT IS DONE
The treatment for metatarsalgia / forefoot pain is that the forefoot must be relieved from what has stressed it. Often the foot is not loading the right structures that should receive the load, and it is often the big toe support that must come in, which has usually fallen away.
Measurements with a device (Win-Pod) that measures pressure under the foot will show that we have been on the painful part for too long during the walking phase. We walk on the forefoot for a too long time without heel support. (You lift the heel tooearly) The cause must be diagnosed with various tests. The muscles engaged in the walking phase and the sore area must regain their strength and elasticity to provide the support needed.
Treatment step by step
- First, we go through the cause of the problem. We look at the posture of the foot.
- Then strength and mobility tests are performed on the feet.
- We treat the joints that do not move as they should.
- Then we have a basis on how we should treat the feet.
- The treatment is done with a device called StretchPower. With the help of a bar, we expose the lower leg to pressure so that the ankle is bent, mobility increases, and the error is corrected. Before the treatment begins, we put it in the correct position in StretchPower to get the desired effect on the treatment.
- We usually get an immediate result on the pain that has arisen, and the patient feels much better immediately after the treatment.
- After the treatment, we go through how you walk and use your gait. The walking pattern always needs to be corrected so that you start using your feet in the right way and bring out the function of the foot when you walk.