Ball Of Foot Pain?

Information provided for educational purposes only. For diagnosis, individualized treatment, and medical advice please make an appointment to visit our qualified podiatrists. Northwest Foot and Ankle Specialists treats a variety of conditions not limited to what is listed here.

Pain in ball of foot

The ball of the foot is the padded portion of the sole between the toes and the arch, underneath the heads of the metatarsal bones, on which the weight of the body rests when the heel is raised. It is referred to as the "ball" because of its rounded, protuberant shape, and is alternately referred to as one of the "pads" of the feet, along with the toe and heel pads.

Possible Conditions

Bunion

Hallux Valgus (Bunions)

A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place.

 Symptoms

Red, swollen, painful, firm bump on the outside edge of the foot, at the base of the big toe


 Causes

Improper footwear, foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders, or congenital deformities


 Home Treatments

Shoe inserts, NSAIDs

Surgery may be required


 When to See a Doctor

If pain persists, podiatric medical attention should be sought. Bunions tend to get larger and more painful if left untreated, making non-surgical treatment less of an option.

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is characterized by pain in the forefoot, usually in the ball of the foot.

 Symptoms

Walking "on stones or pebbles", aching pain, burning sensation


 Causes

Repetitive overloading of the forefoot


 Home Treatments

Comfort shoes, Metatarsal pads, orthotics, NSAIDs


 When to See a Doctor

If pain persists, podiatric medical attention should be sought.

Neuromas

Neuromas

A benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

 Symptoms

Pain, swelling, tingling, and numbess in the forefoot, between the toes, and ball of foot


 Causes

Biomechanical deformities, trauma, improper footwear


 Home Treatments

Rest, ice, wider shoes with adequate padding

Surgery may be required


 When to See a Doctor

Podiatric medical care should be sought at the first sign of pain or discomfort. If left untreated, neuromas tend to get worse.