To be “on the ball” is to be ready and alert. The origin of the phrase comes from “keeping your eye on the ball,” but it could just as easily refer to being on the ball of your foot. After all, if an athlete is ready for action, she isn’t sitting back on her heels!
Of course, there’s no denying the fact that pain in the front of your foot—and especially on the underside—will not only make you less likely to react when the ball comes your way, but it will probably keep you on the sideline in the first place. The good news, though, is there are ways to stop ball of foot pain from slowing you down.
If persistent pain in the ball of your foot is making life difficult for you and keeping you away from your favorite activities—or if symptoms have lasted for a few days without improvement and/or reoccur frequently—give us a call. Remember, Richardson Podiatry Center is here to help you!
Our first step is to evaluate the affected foot and determine the core problem. A digital X-ray or other imaging scan can quickly reveal whether a stress fracture, Morton’s neuroma, or a sesamoid injury is responsible for your ball of foot pain.
Ultimately, the cause and its severity will dictate the treatment plan we prescribe for you. The vast majority of ball of foot pain cases, however, are resolved with conservative measures (no surgery). In many cases, it just takes some ice and a bit of rest for you to start feeling better. Switching to better, more-supportive shoes that are designed to fit and work with your foot type can also be rather beneficial.
In the event you have switched to better footwear and still struggle with painful symptoms, you might be able to benefit from shock-absorbing insoles, arch supports, metatarsal pads, or even a custom orthotic (which can help by redistributing physical forces across your foot in a more equitable manner). When this is the case, we can take measurements and provide a recommendation as to which kind of insert will provide the most amount of help for you.
In rare cases—like with a severe neuroma (an impacted bundle of nerves)— surgery may be the best course of action to provide you with the relief you’re seeking. Of course, we try to reserve this as a final option to be used only when conservative treatment options have been exhausted.
For more information on ball of foot pain treatment options, or to request an appointment with our Richardson, TX podiatrist office, simply give us a call at (972) 690-5374.