Q. What are the causes of radiating pain in the first metatarsal?

Answered by
Dr. Palanikumar Chellamuthu
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
Published on Feb 05, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 12, 2019

Hi doctor,

What are the causes of pain in the first metatarsal that radiate to the entire forefoot?

Dr. Palanikumar Chellamuthu

Orthopedics And Traumatology Spine Health Spine Surgery


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It will be better if your age, other conditions, profession, recreation, alcohol intake and dietary pattern are known. The causes can be divided into two major groups.

  1. Group 1: Based on anatomic problems like toe deformities, Morton's metatarsalgia, length and mobility issues, improper footwear, stress fractures, arthritis, etc.
  2. Group 2: Biochemical issues like hyperuricemia, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, infection, etc. Blood investigations and at the least a plain x-ray of the foot will be desirable before more details can be given.

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