What's Causing My Ball of Foot Pain?
By Dr. Rion Berg
May 11, 2017
Category: Neuroma

As we begin to see more sustained sunshine in Seattle everyone is wants to get outside to catch some rays. You're walking more and you start to notice that you're having pain in the ball of your foot.

What's going on here?

There are two conditions that most commonly cause the pain you're experiencing. But finding out the exact cause will take an assessment from a Seattle podiatrist.

Fortunately there are a few clues that can help you determine which condition it is so that you don't cause yourself more pain than you're already experiencing. Here are two potentials causes of your ball of foot pain.

A neuroma (often called a Morton's Neuroma) is an inflamed nerve that runs between your 3rd and 4th toes on one or both feet. The inflammation causes a thickening of the tissues around the nerve which results in numbness, burning, or shooting pain.

The pain is worse when you hike downhill or wear a high heeled shoe since both of these situations will put more pressure on the ball of your foot. If you take off your hiking boots and give yourself a massage you'll feel better. You also won't experience more pain by walking barefoot.

Bursitis or Capsulitis (under the ball of your foot)
Bursitis under the ball of the foot is caused by an inflamed joint, whereas, capsulitis is inflammation of the ligament under the bottom of your foot. The pain can have an aching quality to it or can be sharp at times. These conditions are aggravated by walking barefoot, wearing high heels, or after prolonged activity.

Although these are separate conditions they will both respond well to:

  • Using a metatarsal pad

  • Wearing wider shoes

  • Staying out of high heeled shoes

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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