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Causes of Pain in the Ball of the Foot

If the ball of your foot is throbbing with pain, you likely have a condition known as metatarsalgia. This is a fancy way of saying you have pain in the ball of the foot. It can be caused by over-exercising, wearing shoes that are too tight, and arthritis. Other conditions may also contribute to the development of metatarsalgia. Among them is Morton’s neuroma, which is nerve inflammation near the ball of the foot, and bursitis is an inflamed fluid sac that lies near the ball of the foot as well. Bunions are bony protrusions most commonly affecting the big toe, but they can throw off the biomechanics and cause pain in the ball of the foot too. One way to ease the pain of metatarsalgia is to invest in comfortable footwear that provides extra cushioning and allows plenty of room for the toes. Keeping the affected foot elevated whenever possible can help to reduce pain also. If you are unsure of the cause of the pain you are experiencing in the ball of the foot, please consult with a chiropodist who can conduct an examination and determine treatment options that work best for you.   

Foot pain is a common problem treated by chiropodists. If you have foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When you are experiencing foot pain, it’s important to note the type of pain and its location, as this can help determine a diagnosis. 

Pain in the top of the foot may be caused by:

  • Stress fractures

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Extensor tendonitis

  • Tibialis anterior tendonitis

  • Gout

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Ganglion cysts

Pain in the bottom of the foot may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Foot cramps

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Plantar fibromatosis

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Flat feet

Pain on the side of the foot may be caused by:

  • Ankle sprain

  • Cuboid syndrome

  • Peroneal tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Bunions

  • Corns or calluses

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

Heel pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel fractures

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

  • Sever’s disease 

Pain in the toes may be caused by:

  • Gout

  • Hammertoe

  • Turf toe 

  • Bunions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Blisters 

  • Arthritis

These and many more conditions can be treated by a chiropodist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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