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Ball of Foot Pain

Ball of Foot Pain (otherwise known as Metatarsalgia)

What is it and what are the symptoms?

It affects the metatarsals (the bones that connect the ankle bones to the toes), that we use to stand, walk and run. It may affect one or both feet and will often develop gradually over time.

The pain is often described as a burning or aching sensation, shooting pain, tingling or numbness in the toes, or feeling like there is a stone stuck under the foot.

What are the causes?

This is commonly caused by:

  • Badly fitting footwear – high-heeled or restrictive shoes can force the ball of the foot into a small amount of space, which puts more pressure on that area
  • High-impact sports – sports like running or tennis put extra pressure on the feet
  • Being overweight or obese – this can also increase the pressure on the feet
  • An unusual bone structure in the feet – having narrow, high-arched or flat feet can increase the chances of metatarsalgia
  • Joint and foot conditions – including arthritis, gout, bunions, bursitis, Morton’s neuroma, hammer toes and stress fractures

Metatarsalgia is also more common in older people and people with diabetes.

What is the treatment?

Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a treatment plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. Pain killers, ice, massage, strapping, exercise’s, orthotic insoles, wearing the correct footwear are all possible treatments in for use in combination with one another. A referral to the GP may be required to fully investigate the underlying causes.

Assessment and treatment

Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.