Top Causes of Pain in the Ball of the Foot

Pain in the ball of the foot can occur for a variety of reasons. Two common causes are stress fractures from excessive exercise or Morton's neuroma, which is thickened tissue around nerves where the toes and metatarsal bones meet. This results in burning pain that is increased by physical activity or from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Other causes of pain in the ball of the foot, often termed metatarsalgia, are bunions. These bony growths at the base of the big toe can alter weight distribution, forcing more pressure onto the ball of the foot. Symptoms typically include a dull ache, sometimes accompanied by burning, tingling sensations, or numbness in the toes that worsens with standing or walking. While supportive footwear and custom orthotics can help redistribute pressure, in severe cases steroid injections or surgery may be necessary for long-term relief. A podiatrist can conduct a thorough exam of the affected foot to form a diagnosis. This will then allow for a personalized treatment plan to address the underlying cause, ensuring effective pain management and restoring mobility. If you are suffering from pain in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Waxahachie, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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