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I have tenderness in the balls of my feet. What could be thecause of it?

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Dr. Michael Wynn
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Ball of foot pain

Tenderness in the ball of the foot has multiple causes.
..To name a few, tendonitis, capsulitis, entrapped nerves , neuroma, cysts, stress fx.. A vague term has been metatarsalgia, which means pain in the ball of your foot... Since, these conditions are not treated the same....See a foot specialist. Get and exam, x-rays and maybe an ultrasound or mri... In other works have a specialist check it.

In brief: Ball of foot pain

Tenderness in the ball of the foot has multiple causes.
..To name a few, tendonitis, capsulitis, entrapped nerves , neuroma, cysts, stress fx.. A vague term has been metatarsalgia, which means pain in the ball of your foot... Since, these conditions are not treated the same....See a foot specialist. Get and exam, x-rays and maybe an ultrasound or mri... In other works have a specialist check it.
Dr. Michael Wynn
Dr. Michael Wynn
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: METATARSALGIA

Pain in the balls of the feet is common (it's called metatarsalgia).
You best bet is to get a pair of good orthotics to put in your shoes. Orthotics can be custom made or can be found over-the-counter. Remember: buy them in pairs. You have to treat both feet.

In brief: METATARSALGIA

Pain in the balls of the feet is common (it's called metatarsalgia).
You best bet is to get a pair of good orthotics to put in your shoes. Orthotics can be custom made or can be found over-the-counter. Remember: buy them in pairs. You have to treat both feet.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pain caused by

When you have pain at the ball of your feet, it could be from several causes.
If you've been active, you could be causing "capsulitis" or inflammation of the joints at the ball of your feet. Also, there could be a stress fracture, but diagnostic tests are needed to rule that out. Lastly, you could also have an aggravated nerve called a "neuroma" or (historically) "morton's neuroma".

In brief: Pain caused by

When you have pain at the ball of your feet, it could be from several causes.
If you've been active, you could be causing "capsulitis" or inflammation of the joints at the ball of your feet. Also, there could be a stress fracture, but diagnostic tests are needed to rule that out. Lastly, you could also have an aggravated nerve called a "neuroma" or (historically) "morton's neuroma".
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Painful feet

Ball of foot pain indicates lack of support in your arch from your shoes and sandals.
As a result there is more pressure on the ball of your feet. You need good, stable, supportive shoes and sandals and may benefit from arch supports. The firmer the insert the better. Custom inserts or orthotics may be necessary.

In brief: Painful feet

Ball of foot pain indicates lack of support in your arch from your shoes and sandals.
As a result there is more pressure on the ball of your feet. You need good, stable, supportive shoes and sandals and may benefit from arch supports. The firmer the insert the better. Custom inserts or orthotics may be necessary.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Dr. Oliver Wang
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