The pain in the balls of the feet is a common issue which is generally called as metatarsalgia. The exact cause of the pain in the balls of the feet includes arthritis, muscle weakness, disorders in the structure of the foot and injury. Using tight shoes and high heels can also trigger issues.
Morton’s neuroma is a sore condition that affects the area in between the 3rd and 4th toe which results to pain in the balls of the feet. If an individual has this condition, it causes a sensation of having a pebble in the shoe. The condition is described as thickening of the tissues surrounding a nerve that leads to the toe, resulting to burning, sharp pain. There is also burning, stinging or numbness in the toes.
The big toe is structured to support most of the body weight while in a “push-off” position while walking. Any form of structural fault in the foot can disrupt with the proper process and transfer the weight to the adjacent joints of the balls of the feet which results to pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition where the immune system attacks healthy tissues and joints. In most cases, the symptoms eventually affect the ankle and foot such as pain, stiffness and swelling in various joints of both feet including the balls of the feet or in the soles.
This type of arthritis can affect the gait and also lead to the development of bunions and corns. The condition not only affects the feet but also causes the individual to feel tired and feverish along with diminished appetite and inflamed joints.
What to do for pain originating from the balls of the feet?
Depending on the exact cause of pain in the balls of the feet, changing the type of footwear used can drastically improve the condition. It is recommended to wear supportive yet rigid shoes that are not overly flexible.
Avoid wearing high heels but those that have a wedge at the heel can be used to provide support to the arch and evenly distribute pressure all over the entire foot. Orthotics which are customized insoles can also help reduce the pain in the soles linked with flat feet or high arches.
As for rheumatoid arthritis or Morton’s neuroma, there are over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin that can reduce the pain and swelling. Regardless of the exact cause of the discomfort, exercise and stretching exercises can also alleviate the pain as well as restore flexibility.