Conservative treatments, such as ice and rest, metatarsal pads or orthotics can often relieve metatarsalgia symptoms. Occasionally surgery to shorten a long metatarsal or address associated hammertoe deformities may be necessary to relieve pain and redistribute weight.
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- How is metatarsalgia treated?
What causes metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia occurs when one or more of the metatarsal heads become inflamed, usually due to excessive pressure over a long period of time. Metatarsalgia is often seen among athletes who take part in high-impact sports that involve running or jumping, such as tennis, football, baseball, soccer and track. Some people may have a long second metatarsal that can predispose them to this condition.
How much rehabilitation is needed after surgery for a sprained ankle?
Rehabilitation after ankle surgery involves time and attention to restore strength and range of motion so you can return to pre-injury function. The length of time you can expect to spend recovering depends upon the extent of injury and the amount of surgery that was done. Rehabilitation may take from weeks to months. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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