The ball of your foot is a common location for painful symptoms.
Underneath the padded exterior, this region of the foot is host to a complicated network of metatarsal bones, sesamoids, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. When you consider how much weight and pressure you put on this part of your foot every day, it’s perhaps no surprise that pain can emerge.
The good news is that most cases of ball of foot pain, also known as metatarsalgia, are not serious and can be treated at home. However, because there are a wide variety of possible conditions—including many that are serious—you should still not underestimate ball of foot pain.
If your pain is severe, does not improve after a few days of rest, or keeps returning, please call our office for an appointment.
Resolving Your Ball of Foot Pain
If you are experiencing mild pain in the balls of your feet—for example, aching after the end of a long day—try resting for a few days and using home treatments like ice or over-the-counter NSAIDs.
If pain continues beyond a couple of days, or you notice more distressing symptoms (such as severe pain, shooting sensations, numbness, etc.), give us a call.
Specific treatment recommendations will be based on the diagnosis, the severity of your symptoms, and the underlying causes that are determined. Very often, metatarsalgia can be resolved by using conservative means, such as arch supports and orthotics, footwear changes, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or cortisone injections.
Occasionally, surgery might be considered for certain conditions if conservative treatments do not yield the deserved level of relief. One example of this might be surgery to remove a section of nerve tissue irritated by Morton’s neuroma. However, we will always exhaust non-surgical options before recommending a more aggressive approach.
Please, do not let pain in the balls of your feet keep you from living the lifestyle you enjoy. If you find pain is limiting your activities, we can help you find the relief you deserve. Contact InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry in New Bern, NC at (252) 638-4700, or use our online form to request an appointment online.