Ball of foot pain is sometimes referred to as “metatarsalgia” because it exists near the metatarsal bones of the foot. There are multiple reasons why one might have metatarsalgia, many of which deal with the ways weight and force are being applied to the foot. An abnormality in the shape of the foot, such as hammertoes, flat feet, or an overly long metatarsal bone, can place excess stress on the region. A breakdown of the fatty tissues that cushions the ball of the foot might also be contributing to the problem.
If pain comes with the feeling of walking on something such as a pebble, it is more likely that a neuroma is to blame. This is a thickening of nerve tissue between the toes, often due to tight shoes or, once again, abnormalities in foot shape.
Pain in the ball of the foot is not something to ignore. The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can get to the source and provide expert treatment to avoid potentially worse problems down the line. Contact our offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz, and York by calling (717) 757-3537.