Common causes of pain in the balls of the feet are:

Metatarsalgia is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. It is often caused by strenuous activity, such as running or jumping, or poorly fitting shoes. Treatment includes pain relievers, icing and resting the foot, and orthotics or inserts to receive pressure on the ball of the foot.

Morton's neuroma is thickening of the tissue around the nerve between the bases of the toes (usually between the third and fourth toes). Foot pain, odd sensations, or numbness over the ball of the foot are the usual symptoms. It is more common in women and can be caused by wearing high heels or tight shoes. Treatment includes orthotics, steroid injections into the painful area, more comfortable footwear, pain relievers and occasionally, surgery.

Sesamoiditis occurs when tendons around the big toe are injured and inflamed. Treatment includes rest, ice, padding under the toe, comfortable shoes, taping, and steroid injections.

The podiatrists at Oakland Regional Hospital treat these and many other conditions of the feet. If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at (248) 423-8484.

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