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What Not To Eat When You Have Metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia refers to a condition, where ball of one’s foot becomes painful and suffers inflammation. An individual may develop the problem after he or she participates in any activity that involves jumping and running. Along with this, wearing too loose or tight shoes and foot deformities may cause the problem. Even though, metartarsalgia is not a serious problem, it may sideline you.[1]

Positively, you may undergo home remedies, like taking rest and applying ice to relieve your symptoms. Furthermore, you should wear appropriate footwear equipped with arch supports or shock-absorbing insoles to minimize or prevent your metatarsalgia problems in the near future.[2]

What Not To Eat When You Have Metatarsalgia?

A majority of research studies have revealed that intake of specific food items make your symptoms related to metatarsalgia worse. Because of this, if you deal with feet problems, you should strictly avoid the following items in your diet.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake: Higher insulin levels are major factors to increase your pain or make your inflammation worse. Because of this, it is essential for you to reduce your sugar intake as much as you can. Especially, you should strictly not eat cookies, pastries, cakes and fruit juices if you have metatarsalgia. In addition, you should reduce the intake of yogurt and salad dressings. Along with this, you have to pay special attention to nutritional details mentioned in any food item you have.

Limit On Your Caffeine Intake: Most of us start our day with a cup of hot tea or coffee to get energy boost instantly. However, caffeine intake in higher amounts creates problems among people suffering from metatarsalgia or any other related feet problems. Furthermore, caffeine and other effects linger in the body, hence it affects your quality of sleep and cause fatigue in the next day even though it gives energy boost on a temporary basis.

Avoid Preservatives As Much As Possible: Processed food items, like for instance frozen food collections come with higher amount of preservatives, because of which they cause they cause inflammation and IBS condition. Because of this, it is essential for you to not eat processed foods. Furthermore, when you opt to avoid preservatives and processed food items, you have to consider including organic products and fresh greens in your daily diet. Buying of organic food items is helpful to avoid pesticides and chemicals in the food, while having fresh veggies give tons of health benefits and treats metatarsalgia.

Limit Your Carbohydrate Intake: Sugars, flours, wheat, rice and other food items containing sugar in any form increases the insulin level in your body, because of which your symptoms become worse with time. Hence, if you are a patient of metatarsalgia, you have to take the essential step to limit your carbohydrate intake.

Limit Your Pasteurized Dairy Products: Yogurt and milk, along with other dairy products contain a specific form protein contributing towards various symptoms related to metatarsalgia. Especially, it causes irritation in the affected area and worse your pain. However, in case you require availing rich protein source from dairy products, you should consider the protein intake from beans or nuts.

Symptoms Of Metatarsalgia

A person experiences metatarsalgia often experience the mentioned common symptoms-

  • Burning pain, aching or sharp/acute pain in your foot’s ball area i.e., the part of your shoes sole just beside the toes.
  • Pain, which worsens or becomes chronic while you stand for a long time, walk, run or flex the feet.
  • Increase in your level of pain while you walk barefoot on any hard surface, while improves while you have rest.
  • A few individuals experience shooting or sharp pain, tingling and numbness in their toes.
  • Along with this, you may get a feeling of a pebble inside your shoes.[3]


To conclude, we should say that avoiding a few items is helpful to deal with your symptoms related to metatarsalgia problem in an effective way.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 21, 2022

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