Metatarsal is the middle part of the foot which consists of five bones in between the ankle and the toes. It is also one of the important bones, as it shares the weight of the body while walking, running, etc. Sometimes, due to several reasons, a person may suffer from metatarsal pain, which is one of the common foot problems. Foot problems like pain in the metatarsals and toes is also a symptom or side effects of diabetes. Diabetes leads to impaired or poor circulation in hands and feet which results in this condition. Peripheral neuropathy, caused due to diabetes, can also lead to pain in metatarsals. Corns and calluses can be long-term problems if you consistently wear shoes that do not fit properly. Even with good footwear, you may continue to have painful corns and calluses if there is some abnormality in your gait or foot structure that causes unusual stress on parts of your feet when you walk. Prevention A neuroma is painful condition often referred to a pinched nerve, swollen nerve, or nerve tumor. It can be described specifically as a growth of nerve tissues frequently found between the third and fourth toes. The consequences are soreness, burning, itchy, or lack of feeling between the toes and in the ball of the foot. I have a friend who also says overnight moisturizing is great. She swears by Nivea Soft - the lighter cream, not the heavier gloopier one. She puts a layer on after washing and before going to bed. She takes a minute to massage most of it into her feet and then puts on cotton socks. Personally I think I'd find that a bit sticky and yucky but she says the skin on the foot absorbs the cream quickly and feels comfortable. Use a softening foot lotion to keep them hydrated and soft. Freeman’s foot lotion is cheap, smells great and works very, very well. Bunions are another story altogether, except that wearing ill-fitting shoes can also be (and often are) the cause. The technical name for a bunion is “hallux valgus.” If you have a lump or bump on the inside edge of your foot around the big toe, especially one that’s red, swollen, or hurting, you probably have a bunion. Another telltale sign is the direction your big toe points. If your big toe is angling inward and the joint is jutting outward, you’re probably looking at a bunion. Eliminating the cause of the corn or callus is the most effective treatment, and the number one cause of calluses is poorly-fitting footwear. A callus can be bothersome, even unsightly, but you may not be aware that they are a defensive mechanism. Calluses form on areas of your skin that are exposed to repeated pressure or friction. It toughens up and forms a layer of hardened skin as a form of protection from the irritation. On feet, these rough patches tend to form on the heels In preparation of any foot/ankle surgery, upper body strengthening is encouraged in order to prepare for crutch/walker use after surgery. What do I need to do the day of surgery?