Metatarsalgia is a foot condition involving pain an inflammation in the ball of the foot just behind the toes. Pain may range between sharp, aching, or burning. Other symptoms may include pain that worsens with standing, walking, foot flexing, or running and improves with rest; sharp or shooting pain, numbness, or tingling in the toes; or increased pain when walking barefoot. Some patients describe a sensation similar to walking on pebbles. The primary cause of metatarsalgia is due to excessive pressure on the metatarsals, the bones that connect to the toes. Runners and others who participate in high-impact sports are most susceptible to metatarsalgia. Certain foot structures may also make a person more vulnerable to the condition.
P.S. When burning pain in the ball of the foot persists, seek podiatric attention. www.texasfootdoctor.org