Ball of the Foot Pain
Middle Toe Pain [Causes, Symptoms & Best Home Treatment]
90% of the time, middle toe pain is usually caused in the ball of the foot. We go over the middle toe pain causes, symptoms, and best home treatment!
- Middle toe pain can be improved with a few simple treatment changes.
- We are foot doctors & we see this problem get better almost every day.
- The goal is to solve this problem without medication or surgery if at all possible.
So, let’s GO!
Middle of the toe pain causes:
Ball of the Foot Pain Pictures & Photo Gallery:
- Metatarsalgia: which means generalized foot pain without a specific cause.
- Second toe capsulitis: this is the inflammation of the second toe joint capsule.
- Capsulitis is related to hammertoe formation, and can lead to a plantar plate tear. There is some overlap between these three disorders. As they get worse tearing and ligament damage can occur.
- Morton’s neuroma: this is the damage and inflammation to the nerves between and underneath the metatarsal joints.
- Fat pad atrophy of the ball of the foot: this is the loss of cushioning in the ball the foot.
- Plantar Plate Tear: A plantar plate tear is ripping of the ligaments holding the toe together.
So, click on the photo gallery to see the specific causes of your ball of the foot pain!
Click on the photo gallery to see the specific causes of your ball of the foot pain!
Middle Toe Pain Symptoms:
Symptoms of middle toe pain include:
- Sharp, shooting pain.
- Red and aching toes.
- Curved toes.
Middle Toe Pain Causes:
- There are many causes of having pain in your toes.
- Middle toe pain can be caused by arthritis in the phalanges and joints.
2nd toe, 3rd toe, and 4th toe Hammer Toes:
- Tight ligaments and tendons of the toes can cause deformity of the toes, causing your toes unable to flatten.
- This condition is referred to as hammertoe.
- Hammertoe can be very painful and lead to many more issues.
- Walking can become more difficult because of this.
- Metatarsalgia means pain in the ball of your foot.
- This can be related to 2nd toe pre-dislocation syndrome.
Metatarsalgia means pressure across the ball of your foot. This can lead to middle toe soreness and pain.
Plantar Plate Pain:
- The plantar plate is the ligament that holds your 2nd metatarsal phalangeal joint in place.
- This can also affect the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th toes.
- This video will show you how to tape your toes!
- Shoes have a big impact on toes.
- Proper footwear can help prevent most issues.
- Try to wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes.
- If you do have pain seek out your podiatrist to have, your feet examined.
- Some nerves run in between your toes that can become injured, irritated, and swollen—this causes extreme pain in most situations.
- This is usually under the toe near the joint.
Other Pain in Middle Toes Causes:
The most common reasons for pain in the middle of the toes and the ball of the foot are listed here. Click on the links to find out what is causing this pain!
If your big toe is bent and you are having pain in your big toe.
If your big toe is straight, if you have difficulty bending due to a big lump, you are still having pain at this site.
If the central three toes in your foot are still hurting.
Click this link if you think you jammed your big toe, causing you to walk on the side of your foot.
Click on this link if you think the entire front of your foot is aching.
If it is mostly underneath your second toe, that is hurting.
If the majority of your pain is coming from the fifth toe.
If the pain is in the front, but mostly on the outside of your foot.
If it is in the middle of the foot but mostly on top.
If you think arthritis is what is causing this pain.
If you get cramps or spasms during the day.
If you have a very long second toe that is causing you pain.
For 5th Toe Pain Get Gel Pads:
- These gel pads will take a ton of pressure off your 5th toe.
Ball of the Foot Pain Treatment Infographic:
Ball of the Foot Home Treatment:
- Consider taping, orthotics, and great shoes as a combination to fix your foot problem.
- Products are not always necessary to fix your problem.
- The key is correcting the biomechanical problems that are leading to forefoot overload.
- Foot overload means too much pressure in the ball of the foot.
- Generally, something called ankle joint equinus can lead to too much pressure in the ball of your foot. This means your ankle is not flexible enough to move up and down.
- Ball of the foot pain treatment consists of two phases, first is control inflammation, next is to control bio-mechanics.
Remove Control Inflammation:
Massage & Ice Products:
- The metal ball is one of my personal favorites.
- This works great for your arch, less for the ball of the foot.
- These can help relax the arch or heel ligaments, leading to less pressure in the ball of the foot.
- Pills, creams, and ice will never completely fix your problem alone. What they will do is reduce the pressure on the area.
Menthol Based Gels:
- Biofreeze is one of our favorites.
- These gels have been studied to work 2x as long as ice.
- This works great for the ball of the foot.
- Consider using these as options when resting on the couch or going to sleep at night.
- These can work great for loosening your muscles.
- This is means for your hamstring and calf muscles. This can loosen the ankle tightness, putting pressure on the ball of your foot.
- This allows less tightness and pressure on the ball of your foot.
Ball of the Foot Stress Relief.
- The key is to prevent future pain.
- If you can get rid of the pain and swelling, this will let you start walking normally.
- If you can walk normally, the vast majority of your pain should gradually start to go away.
- This means proper cushion, proper stability, and pressure relief from the front of your foot.
- This will relieve pressure from your big toe, your 2nd toe, your Morton’s neuroma, your plantar plate, hammertoes and joint capsules.
Best Metatarsalgia Shoes:
- Getting a great supportive pair of shoes will make sure that there is pressure removed from the ball of your foot.
- This is especially important if you have metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, 2nd metatarsal overload syndrome, and capsulitis!
- Consider shoes combined with a good supportive orthotic for the best pain relief!
- The following link will show you what our favorites are.
Best Ball of the Foot Insoles:
- These are our recommended orthotics & insoles.
- There are different types of different shoes.
- Women’s shoes usually need a less bulky orthotic but allow for less correction.
- A full-length orthotic requires a running shoe, boot, or comfortable walking/dress shoe.
Best Full-Length Orthotics:
- Full-length orthotics are the most recommended type for the ball of the foot pain.
- Be aware that if they are too uncomfortable, it might be worth starting with a less corrective pair.
- Eventually, you can then work your way up to these.
Best Dress Shoe Orthotics:
- These are a stronger option for shoes with tight dress shoes.
- Just be aware that less corrective orthotics & tight shoes are usually not a good combination.
Best 3/4 Length Orthotics:
- These may be a good option for the ball of the foot if the full-length orthotics are too tight or too uncomfortable.
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Get A Great Dynamic Stretch:
- It is possible to stretch on your own, but these products can also really help!
- Personally, I have the stationary block set up in my kitchen to stretch every day multiple times while getting my coffee!
- This will take pressure off of the ball of your foot.
Ball of the Foot Pain