Running and Your Feet – What is Metatarsalgia and how it can affect you?

Runners, among other athletes, are prime contenders for developing Metatarsalgia. (A fancy name for pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot).

Some symptoms of metatarsalgia include a sharp or shooting pain in the ball of the foot (or area behind the toes), numbness or tingling of the toes or a feeling like you’re walking with a pebble in your shoe.

Metatarsalgia can be caused by a few things, including ill fitting shoes, being overweight or previous foot problems. The leading cause of Metatarsalgia is high impact sports (where you put increased pressure on the balls of your feet). Most sports are high impact, but swimming and cycling aren’t likely to cause foot pain because they don’t put the increased pressure on the forefoot.

As the weather warms up outside, instead of going for a run think about going for a bike ride down along the riverfront instead.