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How to Avoid Foot Pain in the Ball of the Foot | Foot Care

Learn how to avoid foot pain in the ball of the foot in this Howcast video about foot care.


Hi. My name is Dr. John Fritz, and I'm going to talk to you today about some common causes of pain in the ball of your foot. The most important thing is: What type of pain are you experiencing in the ball of the foot, and what have you been doing activity-wise in the recent past?

One of the most common causes of pain the ball of the foot is a condition called a Morton's neuroma. A Morton's neuroma is an irritated nerve that occurs between the heads of the bone of the foot. The pain is caused when you push off and your front of your foot is constricted by a shoe. What occurs is the nerve gets pinched between the heads of the bone, resulting in a sharp, shooting pain that extends out through the tips of your toes.

Another common cause of pain in the ball of the foot is a condition called capsulitis. Capsulitis is an inflammation of the actual joint itself. This can be caused by excessive pressure being placed on one particular area, and it's common with different types of foot structures.

Another cause, particularly of pain beneath the great toe joint, is a condition called sesamoiditis. Beneath the big toe joint are two small bones called the sesamoid bones, and they're involved in helping the big toe bend upwards and downwards. These can often be inflamed, especially if you wear a high heel shoe, or if you've been running extended periods of time.

Other common causes in the ball of the foot are pain secondary to bunion deformities or tailor bunion deformities.

If you have one of these conditions or you'd like to learn more, visit the podiatrist and they can help you get back on your feet again.

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