Dropped Metatarsal Heads Treatment in Vancouver

Vancouver Electronic Gait ScanA dropped metatarsal head can be a common cause of calluses, pain, and irritation at the bottom of the foot towards the toes. The foot has two major arches: the medial longitudinal arch and the metarsal, or transverse arch. When the transverse arch falls, so do the metatarsal heads and this can lead to a condition called Metatarsalgia.

Custom orthotic arch support with a metatarsal pad insertcan alleviate the painful area with great success, as dropped metatarsal heads is a very treatable condition.

Metatarsalgia - Metatarsalgia (literally metatarsal pain, colloquially known as stone bruise) is a

 general term used to refer to any painful foot condition affecting the metatarsal region of the foot. This is a common problem that can affect the joints and bones of the metatarsals. Metatarsalgia is most often localized to the first metatarsal head (the ball of the foot just behind the big toe). There are two small sesamoid bones under the first metatarsal head. The next most frequent site of metatarsal head pain is under the second metatarsal. This can be due to either too short a first metatarsal bone or to "hypermobility of the first ray" (metatarsal bone + medial cuneiform bone behind it), both of which result in excess pressure being transmitted into the second metatarsal head.


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Metatarsalgia Treatment in Vancouver

Dr. Michael Horowitz offers a 5-Step process to successfully treating Metatarsalgia.  He can help evaluate & diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action for you. Call Vancouver Orthotics at 604-737-3668 for more information.

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