Pain in the ball of the foot is known as metatarsalgia. This type of pain is often the result of over-exercising, wearing shoes that are too tight or having arthritis. Some individuals might also have a natural foot shape that places more pressure on the ball of the foot. Other common conditions that lead to pain in the ball of the foot include sprains, Morton’s neuroma, and bunions. A Morton’s neuroma involves a compression of nerves in this area of the foot, and one might feel like they have a small pebble underfoot. A bunion is a hard, bony lump on the joint of the big toe. If you have pain in or near the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Upper West Side, NYC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.