At times you will feel pain on the outside of your foot over the bump of the base of the fifth metatarsal.
If you have pain at the level of the joints between your metatarsal bones and your phalanges, and numbness between your toes, you may be suffering from a Morton’s neuroma. If the transverse arch at the front of your foot at the level of your metatarsophalangeal joints is flattened because the ligaments which hold the arch have grown loose, then the joints in the middle of the arch will be hitting the ground too forcefully when you’re walking or running. If you have pain at the top of your foot where your metatarsal bones are, which is worse when you are weight-bearing, you may have a metatarsal stress fracture.
If the joint between your first metatarsal and your big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) develops arthritis, it will become increasingly painful and gradually becomes surrounded with excess bone. If you wear heels and shoes that squeeze your toes, you can also develop hammer toes. In this condition, the toe looks like a claw. Click here for more information on what prolotherapy is, how prolotherapy works , what conditions respond to it Osteoarthritis Back Pain when should you avoid it what are the risks what are the benefits how long does it lasthow much does it cost a new treatment for chronic pain  frequently asked questions about prolotherapy and frequently asked questions about perineural injection therapy the prolotherapy consent form   who is Dr. The bunion shield protects the swollen tissue from friction and direct pressure and prevents pain. The nerve that travels to the sides of your toes has to pass between these joints and if it is squeezed between them, the squeezing action will give you pain and numbness and it will react by developing a protective sheath around itself.
When this happens, you will often notice calluses underneath these joints on the sole of your foot, and pain in the joints which we call metatarsalgia.

Other people who get bunions have overpronated feet or flat feet which cause them to put a lot of weight on the inside of their feet, the first metatarsal bone, the one that is attached to the big toe.
Little by little, it will become more difficult for you to dorsiflex your big toe (lift it up) until your joint is totally stiff and you are unable to move your big toe.
This muscle which starts in the fibula and travels behind the lateral malleolus pulls your foot down and out. Wearing high heels will push these joints into the ground and make it likely you will have pain.
This can also happen if you lose the feeling in your foot, such as if you suffer from a nerve problem.
One of the best ways to treat this problem is to move your foot down and out with orthotics, which provide a lift for your heel on the side of your foot. If you keep stressing the bone, the crack can become a complete fracture, and if that occurs you won’t be able to put weight on your foot. Since people wear shoes, the toe of the shoe tends to push the phalanges (your toe bones) towards the outside. The commonest cause of this would be diabetes, and if you have this, you are at risk for developing an ulcer, which can develop infection which can spread to involve the bone of your toe as well as other bones. As you get older, your ligaments around this joint become looser and the joint no longer tracks straight, this wears out the cartilage of your big toe.

Obviously, you want to avoid wearing shoes that crowd your toes together and have high heels. Obviously, the first thing to do if you have a bunion, is to avoid wearing high heels and wear shoes with a large toebox. Orthotics to support your arch will also help prevent pronation of your foot and stop the progression of your bunion.
One way to help relieve hammer toes is to wear orthotics which can lift the metatarsals involved, thus relieving pressure on the metatarsophalangeal joint of the toe.
If other treatments are ineffective, you may need surgery which may destroy the nerve and cause numbness between your toes.
Choose low heeled shoes with a large toebox and an orthotic which will either leave a space for the first metatarsophalangeal joint or be rigid under the joint. Lose weight. Before the toe becomes totally rigid, prolotherapy can help strengthen the ligaments around the joint and help it track straight.

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