The ball of the foot absorbs a huge amount of pressure when you walk, work, and exercise.
Subsequently, this part of the foot is more susceptible to injury, especially in the area where the three metatarsal bones come together next to the ball. Inflammation of this area is called metatarsalgia which can cause intense shooting pain and make it very difficult to walk and wear shoes without severe discomfort.
Discomfort in the ball of the foot can alter the way you walk causing radiating issues in your knees, hips, and back, so see your foot doctor for the proper treatment and prevent these complications.
Metatarsalgia and other problems in the ball of the foot can be caused by the following:
- Wearing poorly fitting shoes—Shoes and sneakers that are overly worn or that don’t provide sufficient support and cushioning will exacerbate this condition.
- Certain foot shapes are more susceptible—Having a high arch can put excess pressure on the metatarsals as can having a second toe that’s longer than your big toe. This causes more weight than normal to be shifted to the second metatarsal head thereby causing the condition.
- Foot deformities—Wearing shoes that are too tight like high heels can cause your foot to become misshapen, contributing to the formation of hammertoes and bunions that can cause metatarsalgia.
- Fractures—Breaks or stress fractures in the metatarsal bones will cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Being severely overweight—will obviously put more stress on the ball of the foot.
- Morton’s neuroma—A neuroma is a growth of tissue around a nerve. Morton’s neuroma occurs between the third and fourth metatarsal bones causing severe pain and contributing to metatarsalgia.
If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, see your foot doctor to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.