Metatarsalgia is a pain in the forefoot at the metatarsal level, located on the ball of the foot. The bones located in this region of the foot move in unison with the toes. The pain or inflammation occurs under their distal ends (near the toes) and can take various forms. A burning sensation, shocks, bruising (blue colour) or excessive pressure are often associated with metatarsalgia. The pain tends to worsen during certain activities and when loading the forefoot, such as while crouching. Many people are at risk of developing this condition.