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Does Metatarsalgia Go Away and Can It Be Treated?

Yes, full recovery from metatarsalgia is possible given the right treatment. The choice of treatment depends on the cause and the severity of the condition.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated March 10, 2023.

Pain is never a good thing, and the fact that it is the primary symptom of metatarsalgia makes this condition that much more annoying. If left untreated, metatarsalgia can alter gait mechanics, reducing the quality of life. The good news is that metatarsalgia is treatable and totally curable with the right methods.

How to Treat Metatarsalgia

There are several effective approaches to the treatment of metatarsalgia. The choice of treatment depends on the cause and the severity of the condition. Metatarsalgia can go away on its own, but treatment is recommended as it can significantly speed up the rate of recovery. Generally, the first line of management involves the use of home remedies, including;

  • Resting the foot.
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling.
  • The use of ice to reduce inflammation.
  • Loss of weight to reduce pressure on the sole of the feet.
  • Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
  • Activity modification.

How Long Does It Take to Treat Metatarsalgia?

Apart from these home remedies, you may also need to change your shoes to one that offers better support. If the symptoms persist for more than two weeks despite intervention, consider seeing your doctor.

The doctor will refer you to a physiotherapist who will also include massage, stretching, and metatarsalgia exercises to relieve pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen the foot so that the chance of reoccurrence is limited.

Additionally, you may be asked to wear orthotic inserts in your shoes to relieve the pressure on the ball of the foot and provide more comfort. A combination of these methods should be enough to reverse metatarsalgia permanently in less than 3 months.

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In rare instances where all these fail, surgery can restore normal foot shape and address symptoms.

Prompt and consistent intervention is best for maximal recovery to take place. And apart from addressing symptoms, ensure you directly address the cause to reduce the chance of reoccurrence.