4 Types Of Pain You Can Get In The Ball Of Your Foot

30 March 2016
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If you are experiencing pain when you walk in the forefront of your foot, one of the conditions below may be causing this pain. 

#1 Plantar Plate Tear

A plantar plate tear occurs when fibrous band at the joint of your foot is compromised. These fibrous band at the joint of your foot is responsible for keeping your foot stable.When it tears, you will experience pain around that toe as well as swelling.

The longer you walk on your foot when you have plantar plate tears, the more micro-trauma that you will cause to your joints and tissues.

#2 Metatarsalgia

The term matatarsalgia is used to describe many different types of foot pain. This type of pain is usually comes from the area surrounding your fourth, third and second metatarsal phalangeal joints, more commonly known as MPJs. These joints are located under your three middle toes. 

This type of pain generally spreads across the forefront of your foot, although sometimes it can be really localized and sharp. 

#3 Second Metatarsal Overload Syndrome 

Another common condition that can affect the forefront of your foot is second metatarsal overload. This type of pain develops when your weight is not transferred and spread out evenly across the front of your foot between your first and second MPJs. Instead, all the pressure when you transfer your weight ends up on your second MPJ instead of evenly spread out. 

This condition is more common along individuals who have very flexible feet. It is also common among individuals who has either a longer second metatarsal bone or a very short first metatarsal bone. When your second metatarsal bone is longer than the first, this puts additional pressure on your second MPJ. 

This type of pain is typically most noticeable when walking, where it will feel more sharp. Even when you are just sitting or standing still, you may still feel an ache in your foot. 

#4 Hammertoes

Sometimes hammertoes are described as metatarsalgia pain. This is caused when one of your toes, generally your big toe, is pushed back into one of MPJs.

This type of pain is localized. You may experience inflammation around your affected toe, as well as pain and a feeling of excessive pressure in that area.

If you think the pain in your foot is similar to any of the types of pain described above, you need to make an appointment with your podiatrist to diagnose your pain and treat it before the issue gets worse. Contact a business, such as the Center for Foot Care, for more information.