Pain in the ball of the foot is a common podiatric condition known as metatarsalgia. This ailment is especially common in athletes who participate in sports that involve jumping and running. The team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, in Decatur and Roanoke, Texas, specializes in diagnosing and treating pain in the ball of the foot. To request your consultation, make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
The most common cause of pain in the ball of the foot is metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia causes the metatarsal bones in the ball of your foot to become irritated and inflamed. This condition usually affects athletes, but it appears in nonathletes as well.
You’re more likely to develop metatarsalgia if you have a foot deformity, such as a hammertoe or bunion, or you wear shoes that are too tight or too loose. Arthritis and being overweight can also increase your risk of developing metatarsalgia.
The symptoms of metatarsalgia include pain in the ball of the foot, but the type of pain varies from person to person and depends on the severity of your condition. However, telltale signs include:
As the pain in the ball of your foot progresses, you might also experience the sensation of having a small stone or pebble in your shoe.
Most pain that occurs in the ball of the foot subsides with conservative measures of treatment, such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol). However, if your symptoms persist for several days, or they interfere with your quality of life, make an appointment at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle right away.
You should also see a podiatrist if you have a burning pain in the ball of your foot that doesn’t improve after modifying your exercise routine or changing footwear.
To diagnose pain in the ball of the foot, your doctor at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle physically examines your foot. They also ask you to stand up, walk around the exam room, and perform a series of light exercises to observe your gait and posture.
Your doctor also asks you questions about your lifestyle and activity level. If these procedures don’t provide adequate insights, your doctor might also recommend an X-ray to rule out a stress fracture or other, more serious problem.
At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, the team uses conservative measures of care to relieve pain caused by metatarsalgia. Usually, noninvasive treatments such as rest, changing your shoes, or wearing a metatarsal pad provides significant relief.
If your symptoms persist, or you have a foot deformity like a hammertoe, surgical intervention may be necessary. Surgery for metatarsalgia involves your podiatrist carefully realigning the metatarsal bones in your foot.
Don’t let pain in the ball of the foot interfere with your favorite activities or quality of life. If you’re suffering, make an appointment at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool today.