If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed Thanks for visiting! Pain in the foot is one of the most common problems experienced by people at some time or the other in their life. Metatarsalgia pain can be acute, recurrent, or chronic. There are number of toe pain causes. The joint capsules are surrounded by blood vessels and nerves, and abnormal pressures may irritate them and cause inflammation, which, in turn, causes pain. Conservative treatments include injections with cortisone, oral anti-inflammatory medication, and biomechanical off-loading using orthotics and metatarsal pads. Surgical considerations include correction of hammertoes, and sometimes shortening of metatarsals to alleviate pressure at the ball of the foot. Pain can be burning, throbbing, Foot Hard Skin aching, and usually occurs after an episode of prolonged activity or exercise. Poor shoe gear (particularly high heels and ‘minimalist' type athletic shoes (barefoot running shoes) are a major contributor, also. Treatments include immobilization for 2-6 weeks, depending on the severity of the situation. Similarly, hammertoes create retrograde pressure against the metatarsals, producing more stress on the plantar nerves, the joint capsules, and the metatarsals, themselves. Clawfoot is a deformity of the foot marked by very high arches and very long toes that tend to curl downwards. Clawfoot is a hereditary condition, but in rare cases can occur when muscles in your foot contract or become unbalanced due to nerve or muscle disorders. It is possible to develop foot pain with or without the risk factors listed below. Sports shoes that have no padding or deficient in support, and narrow-toed shoes, likewise, add up to the problem. Tiny fractures on the bones of your feet and toes may cause pain, thus compelling you to shift and improperly place your weight on your foot. This is a bunion and it adds stress to the ball of your foot since the big toe is weakened by its presence. Operation to remove the bunion could also affect pain in ball of foot. This noncancerous growth is one the consequences of regularly wearing very tight fitting shoes and high heeled footwear. The symptoms of Morton's neuroma are not dissimilar to metatarsalgia. This happens because your whole weight is passed on to the front of the foot. The feet are important for us to function properly. It is not intended for the purpose of self-diagnosis or treatment recommendations. Pain experienced under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) is a frequent occurrence in women wearing fashionable shoes that are too narrow and/or have medium to high heels. Metatarsalgia is experienced as a burning feeling in the ball of the foot. Ball of Foot Pain (metatarsalgia) occurs as a consequence of the five long foot bones (the metatarsals) dropping from weakened ligaments. As you lift your hips off the ground, pull your heels in toward your hips and bend your knees, drawing them in toward your torso along with the ball. This exercise becomes more challenging by placing the heels of your feet in the center of the ball or by performing the hamstring curl with one leg at a time. Drive through your right heel and step your right foot back to the starting position. A stability ball wall squat can create a more gentle angle for your knees than the traditional version. Put a stability ball between your lower back and a wall. Stand with your feet hip to shoulder-width apart and place them a few inches in front of your hips. I think it is the metatarsal of the middle toe. A good stretch for quads is to stand and bend one knee and bring your heel to your buttock; you should feel the stretch/burn in the front of your bent thigh. It stretches when you sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, cross one ankle over your opposite thigh, bend your torso forward; you should feel the stretch/burn in your crossed leg buttock. Stand and bring one foot forward on the floor and bend the front knee, keep your back foot and heel on the floor; you should feel the stretch/burn in your back calf. There are some good foot exercises that are easily done as well. For Tennis Ball stretches, put a tennis ball on the floor, roll the ball around and massage the bottom of your foot. For Toe Scrunches, sit and place your feet flat on a towel that's on the floor, squeeze your toes, pull the towel and pull your arch up towards the sky.