Ball Of Foot Pain

Ball Of Foot Pain

Ball Of Foot Pain: This includes bunions, stiff big toes, ball of foot soreness after running or walking. Sharp, shooting and numb pain is also common.

 

Why Does The Ball Of My Foot Hurt?

ball of foot hurts
The ball of foot hurts usually due to increased time spent in the the push off phase of gait. Some people with really tight hamstrings and calves barely even touch the ground with their heel!
  • The ball of the foot usually hurts due to too much pressure on the front of the foot.
  • This can lead to numerous conditions as listed above, but they are all made worse by more pressure.
  • Usually about 1/3rd of each step should be during push-off, but if the calf and hamstring are tight, this could be higher.
Why Does The Ball Of My Foot Hurt
Normally ball of the foot push-off is about 1/3rd of each step. But if the hamstrings, calf and plantar fascia are tight, this can be much higher!
  • So more time spent on the ball of the foot will cause more ball of the foot pain!.

 

Ball Of Foot Pain Running:

Ball Of Foot Pain Running
Ball Of Foot Pain Running is highlighted by this pressure map. Your body weight impacts at 3-4x your body weight on the ball of your foot with each step!
  • Like above, running also increases the time spent on ball of foot push-off.
  • Each step leads to an impact of 3-4x of your body weight!
  • The problems listed below will be magnified while running.
  • This magnified pain is made even worse if the hamstrings, calves and plantar fascia are tight.
  • The pain isn’t just during running, but may be a warning of a deeper cause.

 

 

Pain In The Ball Of The Foot Problems:

There are numerous causes of ball of foot pain:

 

 

1) Metatarsaophalangeal Join Pain:

Ball Of The Foot Problems
Ball Of The Foot Problems are usually generalized as metatarsalgia. Treating this will make anything in the ball of the foot feel better.
  • Don’t let the huge name scare you!
  • This is just generalized pain located in the ball of the foot.
  • Sometimes the only real cause is increased pressure.

Metatarsaophalangeal Join Pain Treatment:

  • This focuses on offloading the ball of the foot.
  • It also focuses on stretching out the posterior muscle groups.
  • This leads to a decrease in ball of foot pressure.

 

 

2) Morton’s Neuroma:

Morton's Neuroma Ball Of Foot Pain
This is the site of Morton’s neuroma ball of foot pain. It is usually associated with numbness, burning and tingling into the 3rd and 4th toes.
  • This can cause numbness, burning and tingling.
  • This is usually around the 3rd and 4th toes.
  • The bottom of the toes may be numb.
  • You may even feel an itchy ball of foot.
  • There may be a clicking noise often associated with this.

Morton’s Neuroma Home Treatment:

  • This guide explains home treatment options.
  • Control and cushioning of the ball of the foot is needed.
  • It is also necessary to stretch and re-train the posterior muscle groups.
  • If these methods do not work, invasive treatment may be necessary.

 

 

3)Capsulitis:

Ball Of Foot Pain
This circle indicates ball of foot pain due to 2nd toe capsulitis!
  • This is pain at the base of the toes.
  • If you try and bend the smaller toes back or up, you will feel pain.
  • This is inflammation of the flexor tendons that bend the toes down.
  • This can be very common in running.

Capsulitis Home Treatment:

  • Decrease inflammation.
  • Decrease ball of foot pressure through stretching.

 

4)Metatarsal Stress Fracture:

Stress fracture ball of the foot
A stress fracture can cause ball of the foot pain in marathon training. This is usually due to too much running for a bone that is not ready for it!
  • This is a gradual onsetting pain over a few days or weeks.
  • It eventually becomes to painful to walk or run.
  • This is most common in weekend warriors who start training very hard.
  • Usually in people who start running many miles right away.

Metatarsal Stress Fracture Home Treatment:

  • Treatment is based on proper diagnosing.
  • Imaging and X-rays may be needed to confirm the stress fracture.
  • Off-loading will be necessary to let the fracture heal.

 

 

5)Painful Callus On Ball Of Foot:

Painful Callus On Ball Of Foot
This may look like a painful callus on the ball of the foot, but it is actually a wart! Learn how to make sure its a callus, then how to remove your ball of foot callus!
  • A callus on the ball of the foot is very common.
  • This is a sign of too much pressure on the ball of the foot.
  • Calluses develop in relation to the amount of pressure placed on them.

Painful Callus On Ball Of Foot Treatment:

  • Soften up the callus through home remedies.
  • Remove it after it is softened.
  • Take precautions to remove the cause of the callus on ball of foot!

 

 

6) Blister On Ball Of Foot:

Blister On Ball Of Foot
A blister on the ball of the foot is due to shear forces. This is a sign of shoes that are probably too wide!
  • A blister will form from shear forces on the ball of the foot.
  • They can have both blood or serous fluid.

Blister On Ball Of Foot Treatment:

  • Learn whether to pop the blister or not.
  • Then learn how to cover your blister on the ball of the foot.
  • Then how to keep the ball of the foot blister from coming back!

 

 

7) Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe:

Ball Of Foot Pain
Ball of foot pain at the 2nd toe is most commonly due to more pressure on the 2nd metatarsal head!
  • This will cause all the pain to be concentrated at the base of the 2nd toe.
  • This is perhaps the most common cause of metatarsalgia (generalized ball of foot pain.).

Second Toe Longer Than Big Toe Treatment:

  • This is done through controlling pressure on the forefoot.
  • The only way to correct the length permanently is through surgery.
  • But this is rarely needed.

 

 

8) Corn On Ball Of Foot:

Corn On Ball Of Foot
A corn on the ball of the foot is more pinpoint and deep than a callus. The best treatment is a sharp knife used by a podiatrist. Once the surface is shaved down, you can pop out the scar tissue like a pebble stuck in the skin!
  •  A foot corn on ball of foot can cause deep pinpoint pain.
  • A corn is different than a callus, it is thinner and more deep.
  • It can feel like a needle digging deep in through the skin.
  • It is made from hard keratin tissue.
  • It is thought to be a thickened and scarred sweat duct.

Corn On Ball Of Foot Treatment:

  • Treatment of a foot corn on the ball of the foot is usually done by sharp steel!
  • Since the corn is very deep, moisturizing does not work as well as for a callus.
  • You can always try the skin removal techniques shown for a callus on the ball of the foot.
  • But the results will not be as impressive.

 

 

9) Hard Skin On Ball Of Foot:

Hard skin on ball of foot
Hard skin on the ball of the foot can safely and easily be removed at home. First make is a swollen ball of the foot with epsom salts, then easily debride the swelling loose tissue.
  • Hard skin on ball of foot is essentially a callus on the ball of the foot.

 Hard Skin On Ball Of Foot Treatment:

  • Treatment can be done almost completely at home!
  • There are a variety of home remedies that can soften the skin.
  • The skin can then be safely and easily removed.

 

 

10) Stone Bruise On Ball Of Foot:

Stone Bruise On Ball Of Foot
Stone bruise on the ball of the foot is a deep contusion. This contusion usually penetrates through the plantar fat pad that protects the bottom of the foot.
  • Stone bruise on ball of foot is simply a deep contusion.
  • It gets it’s name from stepping on a stone.
  • This can penetrate through the protective fat pad.
  • The deep tissue can take numerous weeks to get better!

Stone Bruise On Ball Of Foot Treatment:

  • Treatment is based on rest, ice, compression and elevation.
  • Ball of foot cushion through padding and gel inserts is most important.
  • The first few days are usually the most painful, then it gets better very quickly!

 

 

11) Cyst On Ball Of Foot:

  • A cyst on the ball of the foot is almost always a ganglion cyst.
  • This is an pouching of joint fluid.

Cyst On Ball Of Foot Treatment: 

  • This is usually treated by aspirating with a needle.
  • Surgical removal can provide more long term results.

 

 

12) Hard Lump On Ball Of Foot:

Hard Lump On Ball Of Foot
A hard lump can occur on the ball of the foot. It is more common in the arch of the foot.
  • This is most likely a foot corn on the ball of the foot.
  • It can also be a plantar fibroma.
  • A plantar fibroma feels like a pebble underneath the skin, but the skin is normal.

Hard Lump On Ball Of Foot Treatment:

  • Ball of foot cushion is the primary conservative treatment to achieve relief!
  • Surgery may be necessary to remove the knot on ball of foot.

 

 

Pain In Ball Of Foot Under Big Toe:

The most common causes of pain in the ball of the foot under the big toe are:

 

 

1) Sesamoiditis:

Swollen ball of foot
A swollen ball of foot at the bottom of the big toe joint can frequently be sesamoiditis. This is inflammation and swelling tissue surrounding the sesamoids.
  • This is inflammation of the ligaments and soft tissue directly under the big toe joint.

 

 

2)Bunion:

swelling ball of foot
Swelling on the inside part of the ball of the foot is usually a bunion. This apparent swelling is actually bone! It can rub against the inside of a narrow shoe and cause numbness in the ball of foot.
  • This is a big bump on the inside of the big toe joint.

 

 

3) Bone Spurs Ball Of Foot:

Bone Spurs Ball Of Foot
Bone Spurs Ball Of Foot are causing decreased motion of the big toe joint.
  • This is when you have decreased motion in the big toe.
  • There is usually a bone bump on top of the big toe joint.

 

 

4)Turf Toe:

Soreness in ball of foot
Soreness in ball of foot at the big toe joint can be turf toe. If the big toe got bent up and back, this may be causing the pain!
  • This is when the big toe gets jammed back or bent back.

 

 

5) Gout Ball Of Foot:

Gout Ball Of Foot
Gout in the ball of the foot is most common in the big toe joint.
  • Ball of foot gout is almost always at the big toe joint.
  • Gout is a form of crystals that can cause arthritis.
  • This is most common in dehydration states, high protein intake and after alcohol consumption.

 

 

Bone Spurs Ball Of Foot:

  • Bone spurs at the ball of the foot usually form at the big toe joint.
  • This is a condition called hallux rigidus.

 

 

Pain In Ball Of Foot When Walking:

Pain In Ball Of Foot When Walking
Pain In Ball Of Foot When Walking.
  • Pain in ball of foot when walking can be any of the above.
  • Just like running, walking puts increased pressure on the ball of your foot.
  • Each step is 1-2x your body weight.
  • This can be a magnification of a further problem that is already there.
  • If it does not seem like any other problems above, assume metatarsalgia.

 

 

 

Good luck with your ball of foot pain relief!