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It’s No Mystery – Ball of Foot Pain Explained

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Ball of footFor solving some mysteries, the answer it isn’t always as easy as exclaiming “The butler did it!” Such is the case when you participate in one of the performances by Keith & Margo’s Murder Mystery Texas. You and a group of friends will have a delightfully entertaining time as you investigate clues, interrogate suspects, and even potentially be a prime suspect by participating in a murder mystery dinner. Solving this type of mystery can be quite fun, but sleuthing a mysterious ball of foot pain can be anything but enjoyable. Fortunately, we can help!

There are actually a several causes of ball of the foot pain:

Metatarsalgia Often caused by either ill-fitting shoes or intense physical activity, this condition—also sometimes referred to as a “stone bruise”—causes pain and inflammation in the underside of the forefoot. The best treatments for metatarsalgia pain are conservative in nature, but rare cases may require surgery to realign metatarsal bones and provide relief.

Morton’s neuroma With this neuroma, the tissues found at the bases of the toes—particularly the third and fourth ones—become thickened and apply pressure to the nerves in the area. The condition tends to be more prevalent in females than males and can be associated with wearing tight shoes, like high heels. Shoe inserts or custom orthotic devices can reduce pressure on the affected nerve and we may use steroid injections to reduce pain.

Sesamoiditis Sesamoids are bones that don’t connect to other bones in a traditional manner. The best examples of these are your kneecaps, but this type is also found in other areas of the body, including two that are located near each big toe. When the soft tissues surrounding the sesamoids become inflamed and injured, it leads to sesamoiditis. Rest and ice can be helpful, as can steroid injections and foot pads.

There are obviously different reasons why you might be experiencing ball of foot pain. Your treatment at Richardson Podiatry Associates begins with an evaluation so we can determine the exact reason behind your forefoot pain. Once we have diagnosed the condition, we will create a treatment plan that works best for you. There is no need to suffer from pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, so contact our Richardson, TX online today or schedule your appointment with us by calling (972) 690-5374.

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