Metatarsalgia in New Jersey
If you are experiencing pain in the forefoot, you may have Metatarsalgia, a condition treated in the Cedar Knolls, NJ area by the professionals at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons!
What is Metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia specifically refers to pain and inflammation in the balls of your feet (aka metatarsals, which are a group of five long bones in the foot). The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones in this area under the toes.
Causes of Foot Pain
- Calluses that form on the bottom of your foot
- Shoes that don’t fit properly
- Pain on underside of the foot may indicate torn ligament or inflammation of the joint
Benefits of Metatarsalgia Treatment
Metatarsalgia can cause the balls of your feet to become painful and swollen, negatively affecting your daily life. Benefits of Metatarsalgia treatments include:
- Relief from pain and swelling
- The ability to return to your normal life
- The ability to play sports again
How is Metatarsalgia Treatment Performed?
Patients respond well to non-operative treatment, including rehabilitation exercises that focus on stretching and strengthening, as well as orthotic devices.
- Soft accommodative orthotics can also help to cushion the localized force and thereby decrease the tendency for repetitive injury to the involved area.
- Corticosteroid Injections: Injecting corticosteroids into the involved joint can give temporary relief (1-3 months) in certain cases.
If non-operative treatments fail, surgery may be necessary, especially if a “claw toe” deformity is present.
By successfully correcting the toe deformity, the shock-absorbing plantar fat pad is reduced under the metatarsal heads.
If the joint at the base of the involved toe (MTP joint) is swollen and inflamed, it may be helpful to remove the inflamed synovial lining (synovectomy). This is often done combined with other procedures.
The technique chosen will depend on the extent of the deformity, the stiffness of the toe, and the preference of the surgeon.
Preparing for Metatarsalgia Treatment
Typically, the first thing your Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeon physician will recommend to treat your Metatarsalgia is rest and recuperation, along with ice and a pressure bandage. Your physician will keep you fully informed throughout the process.
Recovery from Metatarsalgia Treatment
Your Metatarsalgia recovery will depend largely upon the severity of the condition, as well as the methods used to address it. To keep from aggravating the injury avoid physical activity, and take over the counter pain relievers to address any discomfort.
In more acute Metatarsalgia cases though, your physician may recommend physical and recreational therapy, long-acting steroids, or even metatarsal bone realignment. Throughout the process, we will constantly be monitoring your progress and may recommend additional recovery methods.
What Makes Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons Unique
Motivated in taking on complex challenges, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson are the surgeons of choice for foot and ankle treatments in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Northern NJ.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
How Much Does Metatarsalgia Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!