Conservative Management of Metatarsalgia and Lesser Toe Deformities.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

There are several forefoot conditions that can result in metatarsal head pain. Various points of the gait cycle can predispose the metatarsal heads to pain based on intrinsic and extrinsic imbalances. Metatarsalgia can further be classified according to primary, secondary, or iatrogenic etiologies. Within these groups, conservative management is the first line of treatment and can often obviate surgical intervention. Depending on the cause of pain, proper shoewear, orthoses, and inserts coupled with targeted physical therapy can alleviate most symptoms of metatarsalgia and lesser toe deformities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Federer, AE; Tainter, DM; Adams, SB; Schweitzer, KM

Published Date

  • March 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 9 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 29362036

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1934

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.fcl.2017.09.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States