Ball of the Foot Pain
Pinched Nerve in the Foot: [Causes, Symptoms & Best HOME Treatment]
95% of the time, a pinched nerve in the foot is reversible and treatable! Consider Morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel compression, or superficial peroneal nerve pain!
- Ball of the foot and arch nerve 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!
What causes a pinched nerve in the foot?
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!
A pinched nerve in the foot overview:
- A pinched nerve in foot treatment: It can be very straightforward to take care of pinched nerve pain in the foot.
- The most important thing is to diagnose where the pain is coming from.
- There are major nerves in the foot: The superficial peroneal nerve, the deep peroneal nerve, the common peroneal nerve, the posterior tibial nerve, and the plantar nerves.
- These sites can lead to numerous sites of impingement.
Pinched Nerve in Foot Symptoms:
- The most common pinched nerve pain symptoms are sharp, shooting, and tingling pain.
- It is very common to feel this at night more than during the day.
- Although when it gets more tender during the day, it is usually during periods of high pressure and activity that you can begin to feel pain.
- Sharp pain.
- Shoot pain.
- Radiating pain.
- Felt more at night than during the day.
- Sural nerve compression on top of the foot.
- Morton’s neuroma in the ball of the foot.
- Tarsal tunnel compression in the ankle.
- Sural nerve impingement on the outside of the foot.
The pinched nerve on top of foot:
- A pinched nerve on top of the foot is almost always the superficial peroneal nerve.
- This is usually due to a high arched foot that is impinging at the top of the foot.
- This leads to radiating down the foot and back up the leg.
- This can feel like when you bump your elbow or “funny bone.”
- This usually hurts more as you are walking.
Treatment for Pinched Nerve in Foot Pain:
- The easiest way to treat a pinched nerve in the foot is to find out why it is pinched.
- The most common way to take care of a problem like this is to utilize orthotics and good roomy shoes, but it is possible to address it through medication and surgery.
- See one of our podiatrists to diagnose your nerve pain and have your foot evaluated.
Treatment Options of pinched nerve pain:
- Roomier or specially constructed shoes.
- Orthotics (inserts) for the shoes.
- Anti-inflammatory medicines.
- Topical anti-inflammatories like Diclofenac gel.
- Cortisone injections – including Kenalog mixed with an anesthetic.
- Surgically freeing the nerve from
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.
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