Much of the body's weight is supported by the metatarsals, the long bones of the foot. When these bones become inflamed or irritated, it results in a condition known as metatarsalgia, or more commonly, pain in the ball of the foot. This causes varying degrees of discomfort that can disrupt daily activities. Metatarsalgia is often seen in active individuals, as a result of overuse and high-impact activities like running and jumping. Constrictive footwear and high heels that create pressure around the metatarsals can also contribute to ball of foot pain. Being overweight increases the risk of developing metatarsalgia. Symptoms include pain between the toes and the arch, which can intensify during movement and ease when resting. Numbness around the toes, especially the big toe and second toe, is common. Stretching and strengthening foot muscles, as well as the Achilles tendon, are essential for recovery from metatarsalgia. Proper footwear with arch support can aid in cushioning the foot's arch and providing relief. Surgical options might be considered if other pain management remedies prove inadequate. If you are experiencing pain in the ball of the foot on a continual basis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination and discussion of treatment options.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.