Ball of Foot Pain

Ball of foot pain is a common condition that affects many people. Metatarsalgia is a condition that can cause pain, such as tenderness and inflammation, in the ball of the foot. 

Causes of Ball of Foot Pain

The causes of ball of foot pain can vary. Often this condition is caused by sports, exercise and even the shoes you wear.  Those who play sports such as basketball, football, and soccer can suffer from this condition. The nature of their sport causes stress to the ball of their feet. 

In addition, this condition can affect those who wear high heels, wedges, or ill-fitting shoes often. High heels are a major factor. The position heels force your feet into can create pain and inflammation. In addition, shoes that are too tight can add extra stress to the ball of the foot. 

Those with high arches can be more susceptible to ball of foot pain, as well. High arches will force your foot into a similar position to that of high heels. This position is not natural so your foot overcompensates. 

Major Causes of Metatarsalgia:

  • Sesamoiditis
  • High-intensity sports and exercise
  • High heels
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Hammertoes
  • Being overweight

Treatment for Ball of Foot Pain

Treatment for metatarsalgia can be individualized to meet the needs of our patients. There are conservative treatments such as RICE- rest, ice, compression, and elevation, as well as, limiting activities and there are treatments for those who a faster recovery or whose condition is more severe.

Our doctors will examine the foot and possibly use x-rays to rule out any fractures or underlying conditions. Once they are certain you are dealing with metatarsalgia, they will discuss treatment options. 

Your doctor may start with regenerative injectables. These injectables deliver a potent and rich supply of substance which can decrease pain and speed up recovery times. PRP uses a rich dose of your body’s own plasma into the affected area. This treatment will reduce pain and inflammation.

Perinatal tissue and growth factor injections are used to trigger the body back into a healing state. This regenerative injection can increase oxygen and new blood vessels which promotes an optimal healing environment. 

Our doctors will recommend the use of our MLS laser to continually promote healing. All of these treatment options are safe, effective, and efficient. In more severe cases, our doctors may recommend surgery to correct the problem.