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When I stretch my toes, I get a muscular type pain in the ball of my foot, under my toes & at times, my heel. It started awhile ago. What causes this?

When I stretch my toes, I get a muscular type pain in the ball of my foot, under my toes & at times, my heel. It started awhile ago. What causes this?

Stretch toes: I am not sure what has been causing this but you must see a Specialist who will determine the feet (all parts) problem. Hope all goes well - I'm sure it will be helped Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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Dr. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

Metatarsalgia is a broad term used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The most common causes are overuse during physical activity, tight fitting footwear with an elevated heel, and those who run barefoot when ...Read more


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I have been dealing with metatarsal pain for a few months. I went barefoot just a few seconds and i got a shooting pain in & near ball of my foot.

I have been dealing with metatarsal pain for a few months.  I went barefoot just a few seconds and i got a shooting pain in & near ball of my foot.

MTP joint synovities: Most often the pain under the ball is due to overloading of the second and or third metatarsophalangeal joints. To prevent future problems, toe flexion exercises such as picking up a sock with toes, can preserve and improve the function of the muscles in the foot. Over time the nerves in between metatarsals can get affected and cause shooting pain in the toes and or numbness. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat pain in the ball of my foot?

What can I do to treat pain in the ball of my foot?

Too vague to tell: There are many problems which cause pain in the ball of the foot. See your friendly neighborhood podiatrist for accurate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Pain in the ball of my foot like fluid in it what is this?

Pain in the ball of my foot like fluid in it what is this?

Pain in foot: Sounds like you are describing a neuroma. If can also be a abscess, tumor, bursa, capsulitis etc. Your local podiatrist can help you with this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to relieve pain in the ball of my foot?

Can you tell me how to relieve pain in the ball of my foot?

See foot doc: To helo find etiology: i.E neuroma, capsulitis, met fracture, fascitiis etc... ...Read more

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I have a pain in the ball of my foot. What OTC insoles will help?

I have a pain in the ball of my foot. What OTC insoles will help?

Forefoot pain: There are so many potential problems that this is hard to answer. It can be related to bone, soft tissue, nerve and blood flow. ...Read more

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What can I do if the pain in the ball of my foot was diagnosed as mortons neroma?

What can I do if the pain in the ball of my foot was diagnosed as mortons neroma?

Conservative care...: For starters, all of my colleagues are correct. You can try wider shoes, more rigid-type shoes, injections and physical therapy. If all fails, i usually will perform a decompression versus a excision of the neuroma. It's always easier to decrease the inflammation of the nerve than to remove the nerve root itself. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been having pain in the ball of my foot for about 3 weeks & i figured like a hole underneath my hard skin in the ball of my foot. Any advice?

What to do if I have been having pain in the ball of my foot for about 3 weeks & i figured like a hole underneath my hard skin in the ball of my foot. Any advice?

See a podiatrist: If pain is getting worse and you have a large callous buildup then this can be removed. You may need something as simple as a gel pad for cushion or it could be more serious. ...Read more

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I had a bubion surgery. Now I have pain in the ball of my foot. What can be its cause? What can I do to prevent orease the pain?

I had a bubion surgery. Now I have pain in the ball of my foot. What can be its cause? What can I do to prevent orease the pain?

Capsulitis: Most bunion surgeries involve an osteotomy(surgical cut through the bone) to realign the toe. A shortening of the first metatarsal occurs because of this cut. This will cause increased stress being placed on the second metatarsal. This can lead to inflammation and pain. Usually this will resolve over time as the second metatarsal adapts to this increased stress. Good shoes and supports help. Dr l. ...Read more

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