Dont forget us podiatrists It depends whats causing the tightness as the physio said and where it is tightening ( proximal or distal). Think also of piriformis, glute function and calf. Its all one complex. Personally i mobilise the soft tissues, strengthen and look for any poor patterns. But there arnt many podiatrists out there doing this. Lucky for me years of working with good physios!!))
Hi Helen This sounds like it could be one of a few different thing:
1. Compression or irritation of one of the interdigital ( between toe) nerves here often results in the symptoms you describe. There is an anatomical reason why it happens between these toes but i shalnt bore you.
2. A small fluid sack between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal joints can become swollen,, although this is often quite painful.
3. You could have a neurodynamic problem coming from your back, where the nerve is not gliding properly or if you have a back problem is causing it to grumble. Again least lickely.
The odd sensation you describe tells me it is more than lickely a nerve. Try massaging the area and looking at the width of your footwear and the length of your footwear. Make sure you have enough room for those tootsies to move Gafin ( podiatrist)
Hi all To be honest metatarsalgia is a bit of a vague term. There are a number of problems that could cause pain as described. Best see a specialist in foot health. Examples include: stress fractures, plantar plate ruptures, bursitis, Nerve issues...... The list goes on. Getting the diagnosis spot on is soimportant to correct intervention and faster recovery. And saves money trying out bits and bobs from the shops. You wouldnt believe the bag full of things patients bring in to me!