Like many foot complications, pain in the ball of the foot can be caused by a number of issues.
There are many small and delicate structures within the ball of the foot including 19 bones, a large network of ligaments, several small tendons, minor muscle bellies, a complex network of nerves and multiple blood vessels.
Pain within the ball of the foot can be caused by a number of issues including:
* Stress Fracture
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Minor Fractures or Sprains
* Freiberg’s Infraction
Perhaps the most common cause of forefoot pain is a neuroma.
A neuroma is inflammation, impingement and fibrosis of the nerve junction located just before the web space in the ball of the foot. People often describe varying symptoms ranging from a dull ache whilst wearing certain pairs of shoes to sharp, stabbing shooting pain that can present randomly.
It is often caused by narrow fitting footwear, flat feet or bunions (leading to a broader forefoot) and is commonly found in younger to middle aged females.
Thankfully, neuromas are easily treated and if detected early enough, can avoid requiring orthotic intervention or aggressive injection therapies.
As there are many causes of a neuroma forming and other forms of forefoot pain, it is important to have a thorough examination to establish what structure is responsible for the pain, what has caused it to occur and the best way to manage it.
Our Podiatrists are able to correctly assess, diagnose and manage your forefoot pain effectively.