Ultrasonography (US) is a useful diagnostic method that can be easily applied to identify the cause of metatarsalgia. The superficial location of structures in the foot, dynamic capability of US, and the ability to perform direct real-time evaluations of the pain site are also strong advantages of US as a modality for examining the foot. Moreover, knowing the possible pain sources to investigate when a patient has a specific site of pain will enhance the diagnostic quality of US, and will help radiologists to perform US efficiently and effectively. The purpose of this article is to review the common etiologies of metatarsalgia including Morton’s neuroma, plantar plate injury, synovitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, and metatarsal fractures, and to discuss their US features.
- Morton neuroma
- Plantar plate