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Metatarsalgia literally means 'pain in the forefoot': 'metatars-' refers to the bones in the forefoot called metatarsals; 'algia' means 'pain' - just like 'analgesia' are painkillers (an = non, alge = pain, -esia = condition).

The number of causes of forefoot pain is vast and there are at least 20 common causes of forefoot pain... and three to four times that many that are less common.


This is a blanket term for all types of forefoot pain and is the diagnostic equivalent of saying you have a tummy ache or a headache.

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