Ball of Foot Pain Causes and Treatment

There are several common problems that cause pain in the ball of the foot. We are very successful at treating all of them conservatively – surgery is almost never necessary. If you are experiencing ball of foot pain, call today for an appointment to see us in our Seattle office. Bring one or two pairs of your favorite shoes with you, but don’t buy new shoes prior to your visit.

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Home Treatment of Ball of Foot Pain

Most of the time you can treat pain under the ball of the foot with simple self-treatments. We have a complete guide to self-treatment of ball of foot pain here. Try these treatments for a couple weeks. If you don’t have improvement then contact us for an appointment.

Most Common Causes for Ball of Foot Pain

Metatarsalgia is a general term used to denote a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region of the foot (the area just before the toes, more commonly referred to as the ball-of-the-foot). This is a common foot disorder that can affect the bones and joints at the ball-of-the-foot. Metatarsalgia (ball-of-foot-pain) is often located under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsal heads, or more isolated at the first metatarsal head (near the big toe).  More information on Metatarsalgia.

Neuromas usually cause pain in the forefoot, especially in the area of the 3rd and 4th toes. The nature of the pain may be shooting, burning, stabbing, radiating and/or just an odd feeling in the area. One of the classic findings is relief of symptoms with removal of shoe and massaging the area. A complete guide to neuroma treatment can be found here.

The sesamoids are small bones under the first metatarsal head.  These bones are prone to overuse and inflammation.  This condition is called sesamoiditis.  Treatment is focused on removing force from the area and reducing inflammation. Our Sesamoiditis treatment guide can be found here.

A callus is a thickening of skin, often found under the ball of the foot.  It can cause significant pain—much like a having a rock in your shoe.

Don’t live with pain under the balls of your feet. For the most effective and long-lasting treatment make an appointment to see us in our Seattle office.

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