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Dr. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

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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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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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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Soreness & pain in the ball of my foot. Which insoles should I switch to in order to prevent this next time?

Soreness & pain in the ball of my foot. Which insoles should I switch to in order to prevent this next time?

Couple of ideas: If it is just soreness from being on your feet a long time. You may want to use a soft gel insole. If from walking you may need an orthotic for support and cushion of your feet. ...Read more

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I have terrible pain in the ball of my foot that makes it difficult to stand, and causes pain to my leg when I stand. Could this just be cushioning?

I have terrible pain in the ball of my foot that makes it difficult to stand, and causes pain to my leg when I stand.  Could this just be cushioning?

Could be: You need further exam. Did you step on something or throw the foot off. Foreign body? You have caused irritation somehow. So now takes time to resolve ...Read more

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On and off worsening pain in the ball of my foot/ base of my big toe. Started after jumping off a 10 m platform at diving practice. What could it be?

On and off worsening pain in the ball of my foot/ base of my big toe. Started after jumping off a 10 m platform at diving practice. What could it be?

Nose or toes dive.: There is a lot more structure to the area than meets the eye. You have injured, to some extent, one or more of these structures. A good evaluation should be able to isolate the possibilities. Irritation of the flexor tendons or sesamoid bones are a possibility. Best to have it checked out sooner rather than later. Left untreated, your problem could get a whole lot worse. ...Read more

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I had an accident 4 weeks ago. Dr said I broke the 3rd &4th metatarsals. Using walking boot. What else could cause pain in the ball of my foot still?

I had an accident 4 weeks ago. Dr said I broke the 3rd &4th metatarsals. Using walking boot. What else could cause pain in the ball of my foot still?

Foot Fracture: Bones can take 6-8 weeks to heal, assuming no complications and no medical conditions that would delay the healing process. It is not uncommon to still have some pain during the early healing process specially if you are walking on it too much. However, if the pain seems to be getting worse or not improving then you need to see the doctor to make sure no other injuries are there. May need MRI. ...Read more

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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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I have intense pain in the ball of my foot and toes when i walk >2mi. Purchased new expensive supportive shoes, but no relief. What could be wrong?

I have intense pain in the ball of my foot and toes when i walk >2mi.  Purchased new expensive supportive shoes, but no relief.  What could be wrong?

Pain: There are a lot of structures in this area that can cause this type of pain. See your podiatrist for an evaluation - the sooner you do , the sooner you get better ! good luck. ...Read more

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Pain in the ball of my foot. Started with new pair of dress shoes 5 weeks back. Also has same pain while running on treadmill. What could be cause, how to solve?

Pain in the ball of my foot. Started with new pair of dress shoes 5 weeks back. Also has same pain while running on treadmill. What could be cause, how to solve?

Some possibilities: Neuroma, metatarsalgia, bursitis or even a stress fracture: especially if swelling is present. Try more supportive shoes with lots of cushion and temporalily limit activity. If this does not help, see podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have sharp,stinging pain in the ball of my foot and sometimes the smaller toes go numb or sting and burn too.hurts even when I rest it. Any ideas?

I have sharp,stinging pain in the ball of my foot and sometimes the smaller toes go numb or sting and burn too.hurts even when I rest it. Any ideas?

Sounds like: Sounds like you might have a neuroma but to get a definite diagnosis you should see a local Podiatrist. I would also suggest an NCV test (nerve conduction velocity) of the lower extremity to make sure the problem does not originate in your lower back. ...Read more

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What should I do about the pain on the ball of my foot?

Podiatrist eval: It might be in your best interest to have this checked by your friendly neighborhood podiatrist. ...Read more

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What could have caused sudden swelling and pain on the ball of my foot?

Several things: Swelling and pain are signs of inflammation. Sudden onset can beccaused by stress fracture, joint inflammation, infection to name a few. See a doctor to evaluate sooner than later especially if you are having difficulty walking on it. ...Read more

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What could cause foot pain behind the ball of my foot that flares up sometimes when at rest and sometimes while walking? (woman, 27)

Nerve pain: It sounds like you may be developing a neuroma which is inflamation of the nerve between the toes and at the ball of the foot. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a pain near the ball of my foot in my arch. Recently lost 80 lbs through diet and excercise, started running then pain happened?

I have a pain near the ball of my foot in my arch. Recently lost 80 lbs through diet and excercise, started running then pain happened?

Plantar fascitiis: Could be the diagnosis. I would recommend you try an over the counter orthotic and ice the foot and see how that works out for you. Ball of foot is not the most precise descriptor so a neuroma would be added into the mix but i would recommend the same treatment for you as a starting point. ...Read more

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I have alot of pain on the ball of my foot, right at the bottom of my big toe. What could I do to make it better? I have very high arches too

I have alot of pain on the ball of my foot, right at the bottom of my big toe. What could I do to make it better? I have very high arches too

Pain in the foot: not one right answer---it has to do with your body mechanic--how you walk---any structure abnormalities of the back,legs,ankles,feet---body weight----it could be as easily as wearing some orthotic inserts in your shoes------or more complicated. I suggest that you go see a specialist----podiatrist and have them examine your feet ...Read more

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Saturday a drunk 200 lb guy standing in front of me attempted to dance and stomped on my foot. Next day and all week experiencing pain on the ball of my foot. Hurts to walk or flex my toes upward. No swelling or bruising. Could it be broken? Is it possi

Saturday a drunk 200 lb guy standing in front of me attempted to dance and stomped on my foot. Next day and all week experiencing pain on the ball of my foot. Hurts to walk or flex my toes upward.  No swelling or bruising.  Could it be broken? Is it possi

Get an Xray: It is very possible that you have a fracture, which might be a hairline fracture and not require casting, or it might be something more serious. See an orthopedist or emergency medicine physician/sports medicine doctor to have a physical evaluation. They may be able to advise you without an x-ray, but it is likely they would want one. Keep elevated, use ice for 48 hours, then heat.Ibuprofen helps. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the ball of my foot which I have had for a few years there is also a tender hard lump on the ball . Could this be arthritis ?

I have a pain in the ball of my foot which I have had for a few years there is also a tender hard lump on the ball . Could this be arthritis ?

Should be evaluated: From your description, this could refer to several possibilities. One would be that you have developed callous overlying a prominent metatarsal bone. The pain usually is from inflammation of the affected bone/joint. It could also be a cyst, such as a ganglion. Either way, it should be evaluated and treated by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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