12 May Suffering from pain in the ball of the foot?
If you frequently feel pain and inflammation around the balls of the feet, it could be Metatarsalgia.
The balls of the contain a number of structures that can develop symptoms. This area experiences pressure during activity, such as walking or running. This can make the tissues and bones in these areas vulnerable to injury.
Cause of pain in the balls of the foot
The main causes of pain in this area of the foot include –
- Injury – bone injuries, such as fractures (complete or stress fractures), and bone bruising
- Bursitis – inflammation of a fluid filled sac near the joint
- Morton’s Neuroma –thickening of the nerve issue present in between the third and fourth toes
- Genetic predisposition to foot injury
If you are experiencing mild or moderate pain, not accompanied by swelling or bruising, the symptoms resolve on their own.
However, you should see a podiatrist if –
- You have severe foot pain
- You notice swelling and discoloration
- The pain does not go within two weeks
- You are diabetic
To treat metatarsalgia, your podiatrist may recommend one or more of the following –
- Rest the foot and periodically ice the area
- Use of custom orthotics
- Therapeutic injections to reduce inflammation
- Exercise and stretching to relieve pain and promote healing
- Weight loss in the long term to prevent the issue from recurring