What is it?

Intermetatarsal bursitis is the inflammation of small fluid filled sacs that are located between the long bones (metatarsal and adjacent small foot muscles)­­­­­. Their main role is to act as a lubricant while the small muscles glide over the bone during movement. Like other bursa in the body, the intermetatarsal bursa will swell if there is increased friction between two adjacent structures.

The most common symptoms are:

  • pain while standing
  • tenderness during rest and motion
  • forefoot swelling
  • forefoot burning sensations
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How is it diagnosed?

A thorough clinical musculoskeletal examination will generally be sufficient for diagnosing intermetatarsal bursitis. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be referred for an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis or to rule out further pathology.


  • Rest & Ice
  • Padding & strapping
  • Custom orthotics
  • Footwear advice
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Neuromuscular needling
  • Foot Mobilisation Therapy
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