You'll probably first see your family doctor or general practitioner. However, he or she may refer you to a bone specialist (orthopedist) or a foot specialist (podiatrist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and to know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Before your appointment:
- Make a list of your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to your foot pain.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
For metatarsalgia, some basic questions you might ask your doctor include:
- What's causing my symptoms?
- Do I need tests?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- How long will it be before I start feeling better?
- Are there activity restrictions that I need to follow?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions as well, including:
- When did your symptoms begin?
- What type of shoes do you wear?
- What activities do you do?
- Does your daily routine involve a lot of walking or standing?
- Do you often go barefoot? On what types of surfaces?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
What you can do in the meantime
While you're waiting to see your doctor, rest your foot as much as possible and wear properly fitting shoes. If your pain is severe, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve) or aspirin may help ease your discomfort.
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