What is DROPPED METATARSAL TREATMENT?
Do you have pain in the ball of your foot — the part of the sole just behind your toes? Does it get worse when you stand, walk, or run and improve when you rest?
It may be caused by a condition called metatarsalgia, which happens when one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in your foot ‘drops.’ Your foot has five bones that connect to each of your toes. If one of these bones sits lower than the others (a dropped metatarsal), it will bear more of your body’s weight than it should, causing pain and inflammation. High heels are often a culprit in the development of a dropped metatarsal.
Luckily, multiple treatments and procedures are available to correct this problem. At Millennium Podiatry, Dr. Suzanne Levine and her team offer a variety of effective dropped metatarsal treatments in New York, NY to help our patients achieve relief from the pain and discomfort caused by dropped metatarsals. Contact our office today to learn more and schedule a private consultation.
what are the symptoms of a DROPPED METATARSAL?
A dropped metatarsal can cause a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Pain in the ball of your foot — the part of the sole just behind your toes
- Sharp, aching, or burning foot pain
- Pain that gets worse when you stand, walk, or run and improves when you rest
- Pain radiating from the balls of the feet into the toes
- Numbness or tingling in your toes
- Pain that worsens when you flex your feet
- A feeling in your feet as if you’re walking with a pebble in your shoe
- Increased pain when walking barefoot, especially on a hard surface
- Calluses on the ball of your foot
"Dr. Levine and staff are absolutely amazing. I had several consultations with other podiatrists, none came close Dr. Levine or Dr. Ryan. Both do meticulous work. I had very painful bunions on both feet, Dr. Levine removed both and I barely have scars (seriously!). Kind, compassionate, and TOP in her field. My sister suffers from the same (painful bunions), and she lives over an hour and half outside NYC but she will ONLY see Dr. Levine for her surgery. I highly recommend 100%!!!"- Deb G / Google / Dec 10, 2020
"Dr. Suzanne Levine and her team are the best! I had a bad infection on my toe that looked dreadful. Dr. Levine treated it with a laser that was gentle, quick, and effective. After two treatments, my toe looked 100% better! I would definitely trust them with any foot issues in the future"- Jeffrey Greenstein / Google / Nov 20, 2020
"Dr. Levine and her team are real top professionals in the field of podiatry. I came here because of a misdiagnosed foot problem. Dr Levine identified the issue immediately. Also the office is state of the art and supper efficient!"- Kim Opiatowski / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"Dr. Levine, Dr. Ryan and the team at Institute Beauté provided the best podiatry services and overall healthcare experience I have ever received. From my initial consultation through both of my foot surgeries and follow-ups, I have had every question answered, every treatment clearly and patiently explained to me and am treated like family during every visit. Dr. Levine is at the top of her field and introduced me to innovative procedures that were able to correct foot problems I formerly thought I would struggle with forever. Correcting my foot pain has changed my life and I could not recommend Dr. Levine and her team highly enough."- Rebecca Schlacter / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"I knew from my consultation with Dr. Ryan that I was in great hands at Dr Levine's practice. He answered all my questions, putting any concerns at ease, educating and assuring me on problems and solutions. We were on the same page when I left the office and I felt confident to book the operations. I was treated for multiple ailments including bunions, flat feet, and crooked toes. Within a month, I can feel the difference in my arch and even the way I walk, not to mention how much better they look. The office is aesthetically glamorous, it gives me great vibes, and the girls at the desk are so sweet and accommodating. This is the place to go if you have any concerns about your feet!"- Brittany Beckett / Google / Nov 17, 2020
Dropped Metatarsal treatment FAQ
What causes metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia can be caused by a single cause or a group of combined factors. Often these include:
- The shape of the foot (high arches or a second toe that is longer than the big toe)
- Intense training, high-impact sports, or physical activity (especially long-distance running)
- Wearing shoes that are too small or frequently wearing high heels
- Foot deformities (hammertoe, bunions)
- Excess body weight or obesity
- Stress fractures
- Inflammatory arthritis
How are dropped metatarsals treated?
While in most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated without surgery with rest, wearing metatarsal pads and arch supports, some will need more extensive care. This can include physical therapy, custom orthotics, or surgery to realign the metatarsal bones.
How can I avoid dropped metatarsals and treat metatarsalgia?
- Know the symptoms so you can address them before it becomes a problem
- Rest your feet
- Apply ice packs to the affected foot
- Use an over-the-counter pain reliever (talk to your doctor first)
- Wear shoes that fit
- Use arch supports
- Wear metatarsal pads
- Maintain a healthy weight