Last evidence check April 2010

In some patients the cause of metatarsalgia may be obvious and may even be presented as the problem: e.g. the rheumatoid forefoot. Generally the cause is less apparent and a full history and examination are essential.

Remember that there may be more than one factor in the development of metatarsalgia, and that the presence of a possible cause does not necessarily prove causation: there are a lot of people with hammertoes in the population but not all have metatarsalgia.
Ask about exactly where the pain is felt:

All patients with foot and ankle problems should be asked about:

Also ask: