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It is quite common to feel pain and inflammation around the balls of the feet. Podiatrists refer to these symptoms as Metatarsalgia, although this is not a condition in itself.
The balls of the feet are the slightly padded areas under the foot just further down from the toes. This area contains a number of structures that can develop symptoms.
There is a lot of pressure applied to these areas during activity, such as when walking or running. This does make the tissues and bones in these areas prone to possible injury or strain.
The main causes of pain in this area of the foot include:
If the pain is mild or moderate and there is no swelling or bruising, it may be best to wait a few days prior to seeing a specialist to see if the symptoms resolve on their own. However, you should see a podiatrist if:
Depending on your particular case, your podiatrist may take a number of actions to diagnose the condition, including:
There are several general steps that can be taken to resolve metatarsalgia, including:
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.