There are many reasons for pain in the ball of the foot. The following links below will help find specific and general treatment options for your ball of foot pain. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain of any sort please contact CuraFoot Clinic for an appointment.
Metatarsalgia = Pain under the Ball of the Foot
Metatarsalgia is a term for a painful foot condition in the metatarsal area of the foot (just before the toes). This area is commonly referred to as the ball of the foot. This common disorder can affect bones and joints at the ball of the foot and cause pain.
There are a lot of causes of metatarsalgia.
- Capsulitis is the most common cause of pain under the ball of foot. It is simply an inflammation of the joint at the base of the toes and is usually caused by excessive pressure on this area.
- Neuroma Neuromas usually cause pain in the forefoot, especially in the area of the 3rd and 4th toes. The pain may be shooting, burning, stabbing, radiating or just an “odd” feeling in the area. Many patients experience relief of symptoms after they remove their shoe and massage the area.
- Sesamoiditis The sesamoids are small bones under the first metatarsal head and are prone to overuse and inflammation. This condition is called sesamoiditis and treatment is focused on removing force from the area and reducing inflammation.
- Callus A callus is a thickening of skin, often found under the ball of the foot. It can cause significant pain – much like having a rock in your shoe.
- Plantar plate tear This is a tear in the ligaments of the one of the joints of the ball of the foot. It often causes chronic ball of foot pain. You may need an MRI arthrogram to diagnose the condition.
Signs and Symptoms of Metatarsalgia
- Pain in the area of the ball of the forefoot. Pain is often a dull ache, much like a bruise.
- Pain is worse with walking barefoot, especially on hard surfaces like concrete or ceramic tile.
- Pain often forces a person to walk on the outside of the foot in an effort to avoid stepping on the ball of the foot.
- Pain is often less in good running shoes, especially those with forefoot cushioning.
- Sometimes a callus will form in the area of increased pressure and pain.
The majority of metatarsalgia cases are due to biomechanical problems of the forefoot. Many cases can be treated with a metatarsal pad, arch support or increased cushion of the forefoot either in the shoe or on the outer soles. You will need a good pair of shoes. If you are replacing your shoes, consider a pair that offer some form of forefoot cushioning. Cura Foot can help you find a great shoe with these features.
Treatment of Ball of Foot Pain
Cura Foot’s primary goal when treating metatarsalgia or Ball of Foot Pain is to reduce pressure on the painful area of foot. This can be accomplished through:
- Custom orthotics
- Cushioned socks
- Pads and cushions
Once the pressure on the foot is reduced, a number of follow-up processes can also be recommended:
- Physical therapy
Do not let your forefoot pain get worse. Please contact Cura Foot Clinic for an appointment and get treated soon.