Can a jaw injury contribute to metatarsalgia?
I was hit hard on my right jaw decades ago and noticed that whenever I have pain or other localized health issues, it's always on the right side. All tightened muscles are also on the right side. I have an inflamed nerve between my 2nd and 3rd metatarsals. When I get any kind of massage or realignment such as at the chiropractor or simply spreading my second and third toe, my jaw relaxes and I hear cracking/popping sounds. I have to wonder if the issues on the right could be related to the jaw injury.
However, my body parts are slightly smaller on the right as well--feet, face, etc. It's not noticeable to others unless I point it out, but it's measurable. Curious about the potential connection. The xray of my foot show the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones very close together, practically touching on my right foot.
My initial reaction is to deny any relationship, but you obviously convinced, so I hesitate to poo-poo your question. The foot is connected to the leg, the knee, the hip and so on. So a guarded, yes, maybe.
Does your chiropractor work on your feet? What you are describing is a condition called metatarsalgia, with possibly a Morton's neuroma; they usually respond quite well to adjustments to the foot bones.
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Thank you for your interesting question.