Metatarsalgia is a general term for pain and inflammation in the metatarsal region of the foot, the area just before the toes that is more commonly referred to as the ball of the foot. It is often felt as pain in the base of the second, third or fourth toe on the bottom of the foot.
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How tight should an ankle brace be?
An ankle brace should be tight enough to restrict motion but not so tight that it cuts off circulation. Circulation can be checked by pinching the nail of the big toe and watching to make sure that color returns to the nail.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
What causes os trigonum syndrome?
Os trigonum syndrome can be triggered by overuse and repetitive motion as well as by an injury, such as an ankle sprain. As the os trigonum is crunched between the ankle and heel bones, it pulls loose and the tissue connecting it to the talus is stretched or torn and becomes inflamed. The result is deep, aching pain in the back of the ankle that occurs mostly when pushing off on the big toe or when pointing the toes downward.
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