Step, ouch! Step, ouch! Step, ouch!
If you’re experiencing pain with every step, it’s time you made your way to Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to find out why.
Pain in the ball of the foot can be brought on by a number of different reasons. Once you know the cause, you can get back to doing the two step, stepping it up, stepping out—you get the picture.
Metatarsalgia is a general term for inflammation usually resulting from ill-fitting shoes or strenuous activity. Take a load off for a while and change to some comfy shoes. You might even look into some orthotics that will help redistribute your weight and take pressure off of the affected area. Variations of this condition include:
Capsulitis occurs when the ligaments around a toe joint become inflamed. These ligaments form a “capsule” that help the toe joint move, so if they’re inflamed, movement is painful. This happens mostly in the second toe and can be caused by structural issues that put an excessive amount of pressure on the ball of the foot. Such issues include a second toe that is larger than the big toe, an unstable arch, a severe bunion, or a tight calf muscle.
This is a progressive condition, so it’s important to catch it early. If you suddenly feel like you’re walking on a bunched up sock or experiencing pain and swelling that make it difficult to walk or wear shoes, seek a podiatrist’s help as soon as possible.
Treatments typically involve rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, shoe modifications, and orthotic inserts that can help correct foot position.
If the second toe starts moving toward the big toe, the condition has progressed to the point where surgery will need to be considered to restore the toe to its normal position.
Morton’s Neuroma typically occurs between the bases of the third and fourth toes. It happens when tissues thicken around the nerves there. This causes pain in the ball of the foot, as well as tingling and numbness. Women who wear high heels or shoes that pinch are most susceptible. Shoe inserts and pain medication can help. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons surrounding your big toe are injured and become inflamed. Rest and ice can help ease the pain. You can try using foot pads in your shoes as well.
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Many other factors can cause pain in this one area of your foot. Here are a few:
Pain in the ball of the foot can affect every move you make, which pretty much puts a damper on your day-to-day activities, much less your participation in sports. Figuring out what is causing the pain is key to resolving it as quickly as possible.
Step on it! Get to Richmond Foot and Ankle Specialists in Richmond Virginia today. Call (804) 273-1717 for an appointment with our experts. They will assess your problem and recommend the best treatment for you.