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How To Treat Pain In The Ball Of The Foot

How To Treat Pain In The Ball Of The Foot

This video explains the varying reasons for pain in the ball of the foot, and various treatments that can help to soothe this pain.

In this video, I am going to talk to you about how to treat pain in the ball of the foot. The ball of the foot is the cushioned area behind the toes where we stand and put most of our weight on during the take-off phase of walking. One of the most common reasons for pain in the ball of the foot is known to be Morton's neuroma.

A neuroma is a swelling of a nerve that supplies the toes in-between the metatarsals. Neuroma pain appears to affect more women than men, probably due to the footwear type that women are accustomed to, and the use of high heels. The second most common problem to affect the ball of the foot is the inflammation of the joint itself, this is most commonly seen in people where there is thinning of the fat pad at the ball of the foot and prominent bones on touch.

Other common reasons of getting pain in the ball of the foot include swelling of tendons or dislocation of the toes which adds to pressure under the ball of the foot. Treatment options include using soft innersoles, or wearing a soft cushioned shoe. Should these fail to address the problem, then treatment may be sought from a specialist.

The specialist may simply make you a more custom-made innersole, or provide you treatments which include anti-inflammatory cortisone injections or surgery may be discussed. Should surgery be necessary, then removal of the painful and damaged nerve or straightening of the toes may be indicated. This is how we treat pain in the ball of the feet. .