Are you tired of feeling pain in the balls of your feet with every step you take? Ball of foot pain is very common, and it has multiple causes. Fortunately, with skilled podiatric care, you don't have to let pain force you to give up the activities you enjoy. With over 40 years of experience, we’ll assess your ball of foot pain, identify the underlying issue, and relieve your pain as quickly as possible.
Expert Ball of Foot Pain Care in North Seattle
At Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, our knowledgeable and highly-experienced podiatrist, Dr. Rion Berg, treats a wide range of podiatric problems that can cause pain in the ball of the foot, including:
Morton's Neuroma (a common ball of foot pain condition)
Morton’s Neuroma is an enlarged, benign growth of nerves that occurs in the ball of the foot. It develops between the third and fourth toe of either foot, and can be caused by traumatic injuries, repetitive stress injuries, abnormal foot structure, and improper footwear. Treatment for this condition may include: alcohol injections to reduce the size of the neuroma, MLS laser therapy, and wearing shoes that don't put pressure on the neuroma.
Hallux Rigidus, also known as stiff big toe, is a condition that causes stiffness and big toe joint pain, which in turn, can cause pain when the ball of your foot bears weight. This condition is progressive so treating early is recommended. This condition is caused by faulty foot mechanics, overuse through sports or other activities, or a previous injury to the toe. Treatments may include orthotics to correct the mechanics, icing and pain relievers, and wearing shoes with a rocker sole.
Turf toe is a big toe injury which results from bending the toe too far or with too much force. Most commonly this injury occurs among football and soccer athletes but can also be seen in dancers and gymnasts. Treatments for this condition include rest, ice, pain medications, custom orthotics, and supportive shoes.
Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain)
Metatarsalgia is the clinical name for pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Metatarsalgia makes walking, running, standing, and other weightbearing activities painful and difficult. High arched feet, certain pre-existing foot conditions, high impact sports, and a previous foot injury are all risk factors for this condition. Treatments include wearing proper, supportive footwear, custom orthotics, and losing weight.
Sesamoiditis causes irritation and inflammation of the tendons in the feet, resulting in pain in the ball of the foot. It's caused by activities that put a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot such as running and ballet. Custom orthotics, icing, rest, padding or strapping, and physical therapy are all common treatments for this condition.
Capsulitis occurs when the ligaments surrounding the joint at the base of your second toe (or capsule) become inflamed. Causes include unsupportive shoes, too much exercise, and too much pressure on the ball of your foot and toes. Early stages are treated with taping and splinting.
Plantar Plate Tear
Plantar Plate Tears can occur when the plantar plate ligament is overloaded. This occurs most commonly during sports activities but other factors such as overpronation and a 2nd metatarsal bone can also add to one's risk. Treatment for this condition entails avoiding any activities that worsen the pain, strapping, custom orthotics, additional of a metatarsal pad, and supportive shoes.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses most frequently form on the ball of the foot. They're caused by a thickening of the skin in response to too much pressure. Treatment involves removing the corn or callus, using toe separators if warranted, custom orthotics if there is a foot deformity, and wearing shoes that remove pressure from that area of the foot.
Treatments for Ball of Foot Pain Relief in North Seattle
Dr. Berg takes a holistic approach to podiatry practice, allowing him to utilize a broad range of conservative to advanced treatment options. From foot taping to custom orthotics to MLS Laser Therapy and beyond, Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City's skilled podiatric team is dedicated to helping you find the treatment solution that's right for you.