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Causes of Pain in the Ball of the Foot

The metatarsals are the five long bones beneath the toes of the foot, also known as the midfoot. When the area between the toes and the metatarsals becomes painful, it is a condition termed metatarsalgia. Symptoms are inflammation, bruising and swelling. These in turn may result in numbness and tingling in the toes. Pain is typically felt in the ball of the foot. Better cushioning in the shoes and resting the feet more are some ways to reduce the pain. Causes of metatarsalgia include distance running and engaging in sports such as tennis, soccer, football, and baseball. Wearing poorly fitted shoes is another major cause of metatarsalgia. Culprits include high heels, shoes with a narrow toe box and sports shoes that lack ample cushioning. These types of shoes typically force the weight forward in a way that the ball of the foot is impacted. Other causes of metatarsalgia include bunions, hammertoes, and high arches, all of which can tend to alter proper foot alignment and gait. If the ball of your foot is aching on a regular basis, please consult a podiatrist for information on treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Joshua David Scoll from Pennsylvania. 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 one of our offices located in Philadelphia, Bensalem, and Fairless Hills, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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