Ball of foot pain

What is Ball of Foot Pain?
Ball of Foot Pain or Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-sal-juh) is a term used to describe general pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot - the area on the bottom of your foot, just behind the toes and in front of the arch.

Causes of Metatarsalgia
The causes for Balls of Foot Pain can be from wearing footwear that is too small or has a pointed toe box. Also, wearing high heels pushes the persons weight directly onto the balls of the foot (metatarsal area) causing more pressure. Slips on shoes also add extra strain as the toes curl for grip. All these styles should be avoided or worn less frequently.

Treatment for Metatarsalgia
To treat heel pain think RICE.
R - Rest your feet when you can.
I - Ice pack your heel for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
C- Cover your heel and ankle with a bandage or sleeve for extra support.
E - Elevate your foot when you can.

If you suspect you have this condition, and it doesn’t resolve within a week / 2 weeks then please seek advice from a HCPC registered podiatrist.

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Does ball of foot pain ever go away?

Ball of foot pain can go away, but it depends on the underlying cause. If the pain is due to a temporary injury or overuse, it may go away with rest and proper treatment. However, if the pain is due to a chronic condition such as plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia, it may take longer to resolve or may not go away completely without ongoing treatment. It is important to consult a healthcare professional to determine the cause of the pain and receive appropriate treatment.

Can foot massages reduce Metatarsalgia?

There is limited scientific evidence to suggest that foot massages can directly reduce metatarsalgia. However, foot massages may provide some benefits in reducing pain and increasing circulation in the feet, which may help alleviate the symptoms of metatarsalgia. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment of metatarsalgia.