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What is intermetatarsal bursitis?


Intermetatarsal bursitis is a condition that occurs when the small fluid-filled sacs (bursae) located between the bones of the foot become inflamed. The bursae are located between the metatarsal bones, which are the long bones in the middle of the foot that connect the toes to the ankle.

Intermetatarsal bursitis is often caused by overuse or repetitive activities, such as running or walking for long periods of time, or by wearing poorly fitting shoes that put pressure on the metatarsal bones. It can also be caused by injuries to the foot, such as a sprain or a fracture.

Symptoms of intermetatarsal bursitis include pain and swelling in the ball of the foot, difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time, and difficulty wearing certain types of shoes.

A podiatrist can diagnose intermetatarsal bursitis by examining the foot and asking about the patient's symptoms and activities. Treatment may include rest, ice, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases, a podiatrist may recommend physical therapy or other treatments to help the patient recover from the condition. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed bursae.

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