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Midfoot Pain

Midfoot pain is a fairly common problem. It can occur due to multiple issues. There are several bones and joints in the midfoot which may lead to painful conditions. The most common causes of midfoot problems stem from overuse (leading to joint pain, tendinitis, or stress fractures), injuries (sprains, ligament tears, or fractures and dislocations), arthritis (which may manifest as bony prominences or swelling and pain), tight calf muscle (causing increased pressure in the joints), and being overweight (leading to increased stress onto the joints).

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The midfoot is the highest point in the arch, putting an increased amount of stress in the area. The pain is typically described as achy or sharp, sometimes causing a shooting pain to the toes. Walking or activity usually leads to the pain. It typically gets worse throughout the day. Swelling is occasionally seen in the area of the pain.

Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. If the pain is due to overuse or increased stresses in the joints, treatment is aimed at reducing the stresses. This may include stretching exercises, arch supports, weight loss, or anti-inflammatory measures. If the pain is due to arthritis, treatment may include shoegear modifications, arch supports, injections, and anti-inflammatory measures.

Your local podiatrist will be able to determine the cause and the diagnosis utilizing a variety of diagnostic measures, including x-rays. They will be able to evaluate the extent of the disease and treat accordingly.

If conservative measures fail to improve or resolve the pain, surgery may be recommended. There are many different procedures depending on the cause of the pain. The goal is to relieve pain and improve the function of the foot.