Evaluating and treating ball of foot pain (also known as metatarsalgia) is a little like being a detective or police investigator. Three different people might come into our office complaining of the exact same symptoms, and leave with three different diagnoses and treatment plans. Knowing what questions to ask, what diagnostic technologies to employ, and where to look will help one of our podiatrists track down the truth.
The wrong pair can make a big difference. High heels, cramped toeboxes, or “athletic” shoes that don’t give you the support you need can be big contributing factors to ball of foot pain.
Is it your feet?
Sometimes even your very own feet can work against you. High arches, for example, often result in more pressure on the metatarsal bones and, as a result, more pain. Long second toes, bunions, hammertoes, or other foot problems could be complicit, too.
Is it your activity?
Exercise is good, but intense high-impact exercise (like running, basketball, tennis, or other sports) without adequate rest time between sessions, or without building up your endurance first, can leave your feet sore, swollen, and in some cases even lead to cracks in your metatarsal bones (stress fractures).
Does it feel like you’re standing on a pebble?
You might have a Morton’s neuroma, a mass of fibrous tissue (usually between the third and fourth toes) surrounding a nerve. When you bear weight, that ball of tissue can press painfully against the nerve.
Whatever the culprit may be—and it could be more than one—you can trust the podiatric detectives at Carolina Podiatry Group to get to the bottom of your ball of foot pain. With offices in Lancaster, Fort Mill, and Chester, SC, we are in your neighborhood and dedicated to finding the truth so that you can fix your pain and get back to doing the things you love. Request an appointment online, or call us toll free at 888-569-9559.