Pain under ball of foot

This is medically known as metatarsalgia and can be from a number of causes ranging from a ‘Morton’s neuroma’ (bundle of nerve tissue) which can set off a burning sensation like pins and needles when it is squeezed, to pain from simply too much pressure.

The most common causes of pain under the ball of the foot are mechanical due to overloading i.e. someone who has very limited cushioning (fibro-fatty padding) under the ball of their foot, or a dropped metatarsal head and will result in too much pressure or force on that area.

In the majority of cases, specifically placed padding or an insole is used to deflect pressure and provide cushion. If necessary, specific footwear advice is given.

Specific causes of Metatarsalgia that the podiatrist is able to treat:

  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • lack of natural padding
  • overloading of the metatarsals
  • corns/callous
  • sesamoiditis
  • stress fracture/fractured metatarsal
  • bursitis/capsulitis
  • tendinitis/muscular strain
  • chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis