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"Just another lap", you psyche yourself. "I can make it. I'm going to be first. I'm going towin!", you keep telling yourself this while ignoring the agonizing pain every time the ballof your feet land the track. Each step taken produces a grimace, but it's going to be worthit. Months of practice can't simply be hindered by a foot injury. You ARE going to finishand cut that ribbon!And you DO!However, you gain NOT ONLY a trophy but ALSO a burning pain on the bottoms of your feet which feel like pure torture even with simple walking! You then start thinking if all of it was really worth the torment. In the back of your mind, you hope that the injuryis not permanent.The immense pain you are experiencing on the ball of your foot might be due tometatarsalgia or what is often referred to as stone bruise --- a common and painfuloveruse of foot injury which affects the metatarsal (the long bones located in the frontregion of your feet just below the toes) head region.Stone bruise is a painful/inflammatory condition affecting the bones and joints(metatarsophalangeal joint) at the ball of the foot.You might ask, how exactly does this happen?When you are standing, walking, or running, your body weight is concentrated to your foot by gravity. However, during mid-stance and push-off phases of walking and running,transfer of force is increased to the forefoot, with the first and second metatarsal headsreceiving the greatest amount of pressure. Excessive, repetitive, and high-impactactivities involving the head of your metatarsals may result to metatarsalgia.Common causes of metatarsalgia are:- activities involving repetitive high-pressure load on the forefoot especially sports- a shift from the normal to abnormal weight distribution among the metatarsal heads dueto overuse- excessive localized pressure over the forefoot due to: high level of activity, prominentmetatarsal heads, tight toe muscle extensors or weak toe muscle flexors, Hammertoedeformity, clubfoot, tight Achilles tendon, heels that are too high- improper fitting footwear i.e. footwear with narrow toe area or athletic shoes that lack support and padding- excess weight (because most of your weight transfers to your forefoot when you move)- stress fractures which may change the way you put weight on your foot- non-cancerous growth of fibrous tissue (Morton's neuroma or interdigital nerve pain)which most often occur between the third and fourth metatarsal heads- Metatarsophalangeal joint pain resulting from tissue changes due to peculiar foot biomechanics- sesamoiditis

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