Feet are biomechanical marvels that can take you anywhere and everywhere you want to go. When walking is comfortable and effortless, it's easy to take your feet for granted. It's only when pain arises that we tend to sit up and take note of all the things our feet do for us, and the importance of maintaining good podiatric health.
The average person takes between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day (and potentially more if you're keeping track of your steps for fitness goals). Though people often think of a step as a single action, it's actually a complex series of biomechanical movements in which the ball of the foot plays a starring role. After the heel strikes the ground and the entire foot comes into contact with the floor, the heel lifts, placing all the weight on the ball of the foot, while the big toe on the other foot provides the propulsion for the lift and swing necessary to complete the step. Ball of foot pain can make every step agony.
Fortunately, with skilled podiatric care, you don't have to let pain force you to give up the activities you enjoy. At Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, we're committed to relieving your pain, resolving the underlying issue that caused it, and getting you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Expert Podiatric Care in the North End of 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. These enlarged, but benign, growths of nerves can occur anywhere in the body—and the feet are no exception. The most common neuroma of the foot, Morton's neuroma, 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.
- Hallux Rigidus. Also known as stiff big toe, hallux rigidus is a condition that causes stiffness and pain in the great toe joint which, in turn, can cause pain when the ball of your foot bears weight.
- Turf toe. These big toe injuries result from hyperextension of the great toe joint as the heel is raised off the ground, and an external force that causes soft tissue structures supporting the top of the toe to tear or rupture.
- Metatarsalgia. 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.
- Sesamoiditis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation of the tendons in the feet, resulting in pain in the ball of the foot.
- Capsulitis. Ligaments surrounding the joint at the base of your second toe form a capsule. Inflammation of this capsule is known as capsulitis, which can cause ball of foot pain.
- Plantar Plate Tear. When the plantar plate ligament is overloaded it can tear. 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.
- 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.
Treatments for Ball of Foot Pain Relief
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.
Contact Us Today to Schedule an Appointment and Take the First Step Toward Healthier, Happier Feet
Ready to take charge of your health and put an end to your ball of foot pain? Contact Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berg. Just complete our contact form on this page or call our office at 206-368-7000, and we'll get you in for a visit as soon as possible. Patients are usually seen within a week, and our warm, friendly office staff are here to ensure your entire experience is as pleasant as can be. Don't wait—contact us today to find out how we can help you get back on your feet and back to your favorite activities.