There are moments when you feel pain at the ball of your foot. This is usually experienced by people who are actively involved in activities that requires too much running or jumping. Although most of our daily activities usually involve heavy foot activities, the presence of ball pain should not be ignored. In fact, ball pain cannot be attributed solely on heavy foot activities but also on the use of foot wear that is not designed to support the activity.
These are 5 signs and symptoms for ball of foot pain:
- Sharp or burning pain on the ball of your foot
- Worsening pain when you stand, walk, run or flex your foot
- Pain improving when you rest
- Tingling of toes or numbness
- "Rock under my foot" feeling
We often ignore ball pain thinking that it's just ordinary and is the result of too much work during the day. However, if the pain you are feeling already lasts for a few days, it is best that you consult a doctor as soon as possible because this is no longer normal. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with ball pain and other foot conditions.
Upon visiting your doctor, they may look into your lifestyle and usual daily activities. A foot inspection and x-ray can also be done to rule out other foot problems such as a stress fracture.
When treating pain on the ball of your foot, conservative treatments are sufficient to relieve the condition. Surgery on the other hand is recommended when ball pain is caused by a severe deformity or lingering foot injury. In fact, In fact, simple treatments can be done in the confines of your home and through lifestyle modifications:
- Wearing the right type of shoes. Shoes should be tailored to your foot type, sports activity and stride.
- Use shock-absorbing insoles. This can be used to provide additional support to reduce stress and shock on the ball of your foot. Use insoles that are made of plastic, cork, rubber or gel-like substances.
- Using metatarsal pads. This is placed inside your shoes just in front of your metatarsal bone to redirect stress away from the painful area.
- Arch supports can be an alternative when insoles do not provide relief. This minimizes stress on your metatarsal bones and improve foot function.
- Maintaining healthy weight. Long term relief can be found by reducing the stress on your foot by shedding those extra pounds.
If these conservative treatments do not provide pain relief, more aggressive treatments such as surgery is recommended. This includes treatments for restoring the normal alignment of your metatarsal bones. Consult a podiatrist when ball pain lasts for days and is not relieved by conservative treatments.