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.