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What is Inter Metatarsal Bursitis?

  • Bursa's (a fluid filled sac) form in areas where tendons ligaments and skin are prone to rub against the surface of a bone creating cushioning in this area. They have a very important role in preventing friction, absorbing shock, and decreasing the wear and tear between moving structures. The intermetatarsal bursae are located on the bottom of the foot near the base of the toes. These can become irritated when one metatarsal takes more load than the others. This is when the bursa becomes inflamed as the soft tissue between the bone and skin is compressed. Walking barefoot on a hardwood or tiled floor without cushioning will increase pain noticeably due to the direct pressure on the metatarsal bursa.

How did I get this?

  • This occurs when the bursa becomes strained or irritated.

  • Footwear that is too Narrow and over worn throughout the day or while playing sports will increase your chance of bursitis developing in your feet and toes.

What can I do about it?

  • Short term use of Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)

  • Rest the foot.

  • Improve joint motion with stretching excercises

  • Wear appropriate footwear, avoiding high heels.

  • Wear a protective pad to deflect pressure.

  • See a podiatrist.

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatrists can advise appropriate shoes or add padding to your existing shoes.

  • They may prescribe orthotics or advise taping / strapping.

  • A cortisone injection may be advised to reduce inflammation if indicated, and possibly suggest surgical management.

When will it get better?

  • Conservative treatments may resolve symptoms and prevent recurrence.

  • If the bursitis becomes chronic surgery may be necessary.