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The term Metatarsalgia is not a precise diagnosis of any foot pathology. Translated from Latin, Metatarsalgia simply means ‘pain in the metatarsal area’. Considering there can be several different causes of pain in this area it therefore does not offer patients a precise diagnosis and is not helpful. The term Metatarsalgia is often used by practitioners where the precise cause of pain in the metatarsal and MTPjoints (Metatarsal/Phalangeal joint) has not been established.
There are two commonly occurring causes of Metatarsalgia :-