Metatarsalgia / Foot Pain


Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Pain, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Don't Ignore that Foot Pain!

Foot pain is not normal!

Did you know your feet are designed to be pain-free? Yes, that’s right! Your feet are not supposed to hurt.  Any kind of foot pain signals something is not functioning properly.

Sometimes you can have pain in the ball of your foot…this is called metatarsalgia. The term describes pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can sideline you.

Metatarsalgia causes one of metatarsal joints to become painful or inflamed. People often develop a callus under the affected joint.

Metatarsalgia can be caused by arthritis, foot injury (sports, car accidents, repeated stress), hard surfaces (cement or tile floors) and certain types of footwear (rigid soled work boots). Inappropriate shoes will only aggravate the condition.

Athletes can be prone to this condition, particularly those who participate in high-impact sports, like running or jumping.


Symptoms of metatarsalgia may include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot
  • 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 gets worse when you flex your feet
  • Increased pain when you’re walking barefoot


Fortunately, conservative treatments, such as ice and rest, can often help minimize metatarsalgia symptoms. And proper footwear, along with shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports, may be all you need! A change of shoes may also help. In more severe cases, full-length custom-molded foot inserts may need to be prescribed.

Don’t let foot pain slow you down this holiday season…there is simply too much to do and fun to be had!

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.