Metatarsalgia is most likely the cause of your ball of the foot pain, and there are a variety of reasons that you might be suffering from it. Whether the problem is attributed to poor shoe choices, an increase in weight, a stress fracture, arthritis, a deformity (such as a bunion or hammertoes), or a high arch, something has changed the way that your feet work. The result is excessive stress on the ball of the foot.
Resolving your pain will mean getting to the source of the problem. While it may be helpful to rest and ice your feet, it will be most effective to determine the exact cause. Don’t spend time guessing when you can have all of your questions answered, and find the treatment that will resolve your ball of the foot pain. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS provide excellence in podiatry at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call (512) 328-8900 today, or visit us online.