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Causes of Pain in the Ball of the Foot

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Pain in the ball of the foot, medically referred to as metatarsalgia, can stem from injuries, neuromas, and ill-fitting footwear. Common among athletes and high heel wearers, this pain often results from improper weight distribution across the metatarsal bones. Pain in the ball of the foot also may be the result of Morton’s neuroma, where nerve tissue in the ball of the foot becomes swollen. Foot injuries such as fractures, gout, arthritis, and bunions can also contribute to this metatarsal pain. High heels, in particular, tend to compress the toes and place excessive pressure on the ball of the foot, making matters worse. Persistent pressure or friction from tight shoes can cause calluses that add to the pain. Proper footwear with ample room for the toes and cushioning around the ball of the foot is essential for preventing and managing pain. If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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