Sore Spot on the Ball of the Foot

A sore spot on the ball of the foot is usually due to either plantar fibromatosis or plantar fasciitis. Both are easily recognizable and treatable! Plantar fibromatosis presents like a bump of pebble under the skin of the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis on the other hand appears smooth but painful across the heel and the arch. Plantar fasciitis is much more common than plantar fibromatosis, but both are frequently encountered.

 

 

Sore Spot on the Ball of the Foot

Treatment Guide for Plantar Fibromatosis

Symptoms of Plantar Fibromatosis

  • Pebble on the bottom of the foot.
  • Bump digs into the skin causing pain.
  • Actual Lump does not hurt very much.
  • It is more painful the more you walk on it.
  • It is not very painful in the morning.
  • Not very painful after rest.

 

Sore Spot on the Ball of the Foot

Treatment Guide for Plantar Fasciitis

 

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Smooth arch of the foot without a bump.
  • Most pain is in the morning
  • Most pain is after rest
  • Gets better with the first few steps after rest
  • Feels great after 30 minutes or so of walking around

 

Treatment Guide for Plantar Fibromatosis and Fasciitis

Both disorders cause a sore spot on the ball of the foot, but both disorders are treated fairly differently.

 

1) Plantar Fibromatosis must be offloaded if it is large and cumbersome. Eventually if offloading and cut out pads are not keeping the plantar fibroma from causing pain, surgery should be advised to prevent this annoying “pebble” from causing you any trouble.

Treatment Guide for Plantar Fibromatosis

 

2) Plantar Fasciitis on the other hand must be aggressively treated to decrease inflammation at first, then the cause of the overuse and tightness must be addressed. The primary conservative treatments include:

  • Decreasing inflammation through anti-inflammatories, icing, elevation and massage.
  • Then the overuse and tightness should be addressed through stretching, night splinting and orthotics.

Treatment Guide for Plantar Fasciitis

 

 

 

 

Wikipedia Links for Sore Spot on the Ball of the Foot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fibromatosis

 

About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.