Metatarsal arthritis affects the long bones of the feet and their joints, causing foot pain, stiffness, and making it difficult to walk comfortably.
Your metatarsals are the long bones of your feet, located in the midfoot region. The metatarsals connect with your toes through joints called the metatarsophalangeal joints, which form the ball of your foot. They also connect with the tarsal bones that sit just in front of your ankle. The metatarsals contribute significantly to the three arches of the foot - and therefore the structural stability and function of the feet during gait. Unfortunately, arthritic changes to the metatarsal bones and their associated joints can cause pain, stiffness and inflammation, making movement uncomfortable when weight is applied to the bones and joints.
The symptoms metatarsal arthritis depend on the cause and type of arthritis, but may include:
Metatarsal arthritis can have several causes that may alter the types of symptoms you experience and the progression of the disease. These include:
Having arthritis is a long-term condition, and as such, it requires a long-term focused approach with commitments to a healthier lifestyle, instead of a quick and temporary fix. To support your foot and ankle health, mobility and manage your painful symptoms, you may try:
Here at Matt Raden Podiatry, our trusted and experienced podiatrists listen to the concerns, goals and needs of our patients with midfoot arthritis, and utilise a range of evidence-based treatment methods to help you get the best outcome for your symptoms.
Every appointment starts with a comprehensive assessment to uncover the causes of your foot pain and stiffness, including whether any other factors could be contributing to the problem. We’ll then create a tailored treatment plan based on the results. While the degenerative changes sustained in metatarsal arthritis are irreversible, there is a lot that can be done to help reduce your pain, improve your comfort, and optimise your mobility and quality of life. We may use:
If you have metatarsal arthritis or are experiencing pain in your forefoot or midfoot region, our team is here to help - and to ensure you have the best experience doing so. We’re proud to go above and beyond for our patients, focusing not only on managing your pain and symptoms, but helping you get the best long-term outcomes.