Archive for the 'Ball of Foot Pain' Category

Ball of Foot Pain Causes

An easier to understand description of a common cause of ball of foot pain. Amplify’d from www.northcoastfootcareblog.com Metatarsalgia (MET – tuh   tar – SAL – juh) is a catch-all term used to describe a number of conditions which cause pain in the ball of the foot. “Metatarsal” is the name for the long bones [...]

Plantar Plate Tears

The plantar plate is a thick, fibrous structure at the base of each metatarsal phalangeal joint. This fibrous band stabilizes the toe, preventing it from elevating or deviating. A tear of the plantar plate will cause joint instability along with pain and swelling around the joint. This tends to be common at the 2nd metatarsal-phalangeal [...]

Metatarsalgia: Cause of Ball of Foot Pain

Metatarsalgia (MET – tuh   tar – SAL – juh) is a catch-all term used to describe a number of conditions which cause pain in the ball of the foot. “Metatarsal” is the name for the long bones in the foot and the suffix “algia” means pain. This term appropriately describes the condition of pain [...]

Shockwave Therapy Effective for Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton’s neuroma is an inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot. The inflamed nerve causes pain which shoots out to the 3rd and 4th toes. Tingling, burning or numbness may accompany the pain and some feel as if they are walking on a lump, a bunched up sock or a lamp cord. The [...]

Dropped Metatarsal

A dropped metatarsal is the common name for a plantar flexed metatarsal. A metatarsal which sits far enough below the other metatarsals to cause pain and swelling, is actually quite rare. In the pictures on the left, the 2nd long bone in the foot (the 2nd metatarsal) is seated at a lower level in comparison [...]

Forefoot Problems in Tele Skiers

There are many foot problems which can plague tele skiers and like alpine skiers, most are from improper boot fit. Boots which are too tight can constrict circulation causing cold and numb feet and boots which are too short will cause jamming at the toes, black toenails and ingrown toenails. Boot liners which don’t fit [...]

Ball of Foot Pain

Pain under the ball of the foot could represent a number of different problems. Metatarsalgia, neuromas, 2nd metatarsal overload syndrome and sesamoiditis are some of the more common ball of foot problems. Metatarsalgia: Metatarsalgia is the common catch all term for pain in the ball of the foot. Pain is generally deep and dull with [...]

Neuromas

Pain from neuromas usually occurs in the ball of the foot, hence the term “ball of foot pain”. The pain can be dull and deep, sharp and electrical, shooting pain to the toes, numbness at the toes, tingling, burning or pins and needles sensations. Many describe only a discomfort, like walking on a lump or [...]