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Pain in the area between the arch and toes, or ball of the foot, is generally called metatarsalgia. The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in this mid-portion of the foot. Also known as dropped metatarsal heads, metatarsalgia can cause abnormal weight distribution due to overpronation.

Metatarsalgia occurs when one of the metatarsal joints becomes painful or inflamed. People often develop a callus under the affected joint. Metatarsalgia also can be caused by arthritis, foot injury (from sports, a car accident, or repeated stress), hard surfaces (cement or tile floors), and specific footwear (rigid-soled work boots).

A simple change of shoes may solve the problem. In more severe cases, custom orthotics may be prescribed to alleviate the pain and prevent overpronation.


Cadillac Office
231-779-FOOT (3668)
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231-935-0751
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231-309-FOOT (3668)

Traverse City, Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers, 3865 West Front Street, Unit 6, Traverse City MI, 49684 231-935-0751
Cadillac, Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers, 8805 Pine Ridge Drive, Cadillac, MI 49601 231-779-FOOT (3668)
Manistee, Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers, 1806 E Parkdale Ave, Ste 2, Manistee, MI 49660 231-309-FOOT(3668)