Is It Corns Or Metatarsalgia?

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Anyone can develop metatarsalgia, but the condition is more common among athletes who do exercises that involves running or jumping. Other athletes who may develop diseases of the sole, including metatarsalgia are: footballers, tennis players or baseball players.

Metatarsalgia symptoms may include:

* Pain in the foot;
* Pain that intensifies when walking or running;
* Pain that is higher especially when walking on hard surfaces;
* Numbness or tingling sensations in the fingers;
* Walking barefoot is more painful.

Risk factors of metatarsalgia. Almost anyone can develop this condition, however there is a higher risk if:

* You practice some performance sport. Metatarsalgia is most common among athletes whose activity involves running or jumping.
* You wear heeled shoes. When you wear heels, more weight will push the front of the base, thus increasing the risk of metatarsalgia. Also doing sports without using proper footwear, favors metatarsalgia;
* You are overweight. Metatarsal bones, extra pounds mean excessive pressure on your heels and soles;
* Other problems in the legs. Diseases such as hallux valgus or hollow leg, etc... may contribute to the development of metatarsalgia.

Diagnosis. The diagnosis of this disease is performed by both clinical examination and paraclinical examination.

Clinical examination explores:
* Foot type (conformation)
* Exact pain;
* Corns;
* Deformations;
* Last but not least, deformation of footwear

According to experts, paraclinical examination consists of:
* X-ray conformation to discover the existence of other bone deformities;
* Sometimes require a specialized neurological exam;
* Rarely CT may be useful for studying the geometry of your foot, while MRI examination (MRI) has no value.

Treatment is often necessary to relieve pain, by:

* Application of ice compresses to affected areas several times a day;
* Rest - to protect the foot, avoid intense exercise of the affected area. May opt instead to participate in swimming or cycling, and less demanding activities;
* Change shoes - Patient should find new, more comfortable shoes that conform to the foot better.
* Avoid removal by cauterization, 'laser' or chemical removal of corns, their consequences can be dramatic, and even may cause bone infection.

Also, if the cause is a specific disease (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc..) You will need to seek additional treatment for these ailments.
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This article was published on 2010/12/15