The ball of the foot is known as the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) region. The long bones of the forefoot (metatarsals) and the toes (made up of phalanges) form the MTPJ’s.

Metatarsalgia is a ‘catch all’ term used to describe pain in this region (algia = pain). It is therefore not a diagnosis in its own right as there are many conditions that can cause pain in this region. The more common are listed in the related conditions.

Foot Surgery

We provide surgical management for a wide range of foot conditions including detailed assessment and post operative care.


Podiatric biomechanics involves the assessment of the structure, alignment and function of the feet and legs.

Interactive Self Diagnosis

Use our online interactive self diagnosis tool to pinpoint your exact ailment and receive support and advice on your condition.