Ball of Foot Pain: Symptoms and Treatment


Ball of Foot Pain Overview

Metatarsalgia is a general term that refers to any painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. Many different foot conditions can cause metatarsalgia.  The most common cause of metatarsalgia is due to biomechanical conditions.  It is important that specialist to determine the exact underlying pathology in order to receive the proper treatment.


Causes of Pain on the Ball of the Foot

  • Pes Planus (having a low arch)
  • Pes Cavus (high arch foot)
  • Bunion
  • Hammertoe
  • Tailors Bunion
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Capsulitis
  • Bursitis
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Systemic Arthritis
  • Ankle equines (tight Achilles tendon)
  • Neuritis
  • Trauma
  • Bone Tumor
  • Soft Tissue Mass
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Skin conditions: ulcer, corns, infection, warts or blister


Imaging for Ball of Foot Pain

Your foot and ankle specialist will determine if imaging is needed based on your physical exam findings. Imaging may include:

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone scan
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)


Ball of Foot Pain Treatment (Conservative)

This depends on the underlying problem.  Your foot and ankle specialist will determine your treatment plan. It may include:

  • Protective padding shopping cart
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts) shopping cart
  • Toe taping shopping cart
  • Braces shopping cart
  • Splints shopping cart
  • Supportive shoes gear
  • Topical creams shopping cart
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Topical pain relieving gel Abductor hallucis muscle strain


Ball of Foot Pain (Surgical)

This depends on the underlying problem.  Your foot and ankle surgeon will determine your surgical treatment plan.


We encourage you to consult with a specialist for a complete assessment of your condition


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