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Causes and Relief for Pain in the Ball of the Foot

Metatarsalgia is the medical term for pain in the ball of the foot, a condition that can be quite debilitating. This pain is often caused by excessive physical activity, wearing improper footwear, foot deformities, and medical conditions like arthritis or diabetes. Athletes and those who engage in high-impact sports are particularly at risk due to the repetitive stress placed on the metatarsal area. Wearing shoes that lack adequate arch support or cushioning can increase the pain. Relief methods include resting the foot and pain relievers to reduce inflammation. Switching to properly fitted shoes with good arch support and cushioning can significantly alleviate discomfort. Orthotic shoe inserts can help redistribute pressure away from the metatarsal bones. If you have pain in this or any area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can effectively diagnose the problem and offer treatment solutions. 

Foot pain is a common problem treated by chiropodists. If you have foot pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When you are experiencing foot pain, it’s important to note the type of pain and its location, as this can help determine a diagnosis. 

Pain in the top of the foot may be caused by:

  • Stress fractures

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Extensor tendonitis

  • Tibialis anterior tendonitis

  • Gout

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Ganglion cysts

Pain in the bottom of the foot may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Foot cramps

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Plantar fibromatosis

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Flat feet

Pain on the side of the foot may be caused by:

  • Ankle sprain

  • Cuboid syndrome

  • Peroneal tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Bunions

  • Corns or calluses

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

Heel pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel fractures

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

  • Sever’s disease 

Pain in the toes may be caused by:

  • Gout

  • Hammertoe

  • Turf toe 

  • Bunions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Blisters 

  • Arthritis

These and many more conditions can be treated by a chiropodist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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