Several years ago, I suddenly developed a very sharp pain in the ball of my left foot below the 2nd toe soon after running in sandals. I could barely walk. I was able to get to a podiatrist the next day. He took x-rays, gave me a cortisone shot, wrapped it up and said I had a dropped metatarsal. It got better. Not long after, it happened again and he did all the same things. A couple of years later, it happened again. Because of insurance changes, I went to a different doctor. He took x-rays, wrapped it up with some sled-like padding to keep pressure off the front of the foot. He wasn’t sure what I had, but thought it could be a neuroma or a plantar plate tear. With icing and ibuprofen it got better. He sold me some orthotics as well and I bought a good walking shoe. Since seeing him, it’s happened 3 more times in the last 6 months, 2 in the same foot and now, in my right foot and it’s pretty bad. I went to a different podiatrist because of insurance changes again. He did x-rays and thinks it’s a stress fracture. He just put me in a hard shoe thing and I’m icing and taking ibuprofen. I’m 53 and I have to walk to a lot because I work a variety of jobs. I can’t keep having this happen. I don’t feel I know what it is and I don’t know what to do to prevent it from happening. I would love to hear your thoughts. With all 3 doctors, the x-rays showed only that I have a very long 2nd toe metatarsal in both feet, but nothing else.