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What are Metatarsals, Anyway?

Metatarsal foot surgery. Three words which confuse the average person upon the first encounter. If you’re reading this, there’s little doubt you’re wondering about metatarsal foot surgery, what it is, how it’s done, and what to expect. Read on to learn more about metatarsal foot surgery.

Okay, you’ve probably heard of the term before and it’s likely you know it’s related to the toes. And, that’s correct, by and large. Generally, the word “metatarsal” refers to any of the bones located in the foot. However, there are five metatarsals in the foot, numbered one through five, starting with the first metatarsal or big toe, and going on from the second through the fifth or pinky toe. The first metatarsal or big toe is the strongest of the group.

Metatarsal Foot Pain Causes

So, what causes metatarsal foot pain in the first place? Well, it’s usually a condition which mostly affects the ball of the foot. Some people simply overwork their feet, causing pain and discomfort by playing sports or wearing the wrong shoes. If a person actually experiences a break or fracture, it might not even be possible to walk on that particular foot.

Metatarsal Foot Surgery

For many reasons, doctors will recommend various treatments before surgery. (Unless of course, surgery is the only real option.) Generally, metatarsal fracture treatments include: resting of the foot and taking a break from the activity which caused the injury. Also, it might warrant immobilization, using a specialized shoe or cast. However, surgery might be necessary to correct the injury, along with appropriate follow up care.