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Pain in Balls of Feet
At the Riverbend Health Center we specialize in many types of foot pain and joint issues beyond just gout. While gout is one of the most common afflictions that cause ball of foot pain there are many different common problems that can cause severe discomfort in the feet. At Riverbend we can provide you with the information and treatment you need to relieve your foot pain or your joint pain. Whether you need minor surgery, weekly massage therapy or a dose of specific medication, we can give you the help you need.
Common Causes of Foot Pain
Neuroma is an extremely painful condition that can affect the balls of your feet. More specifically it tends to affect the area between your third and fourth toes. It is caused when certain tissues around the nerves in your feet begin to thicken. This can happen in a response to irritation, bad footwear or using the wrong arch supports. Many people report that it feels like standing on a pebble all day. Treatment can involve injections and in a few cases surgery will be necessary.
Metatarsalgia is yet another condition that is identified by causing inflammation on and around the ball of your foot. This condition can be triggered by many things including jumping, running or even wearing ill fitting shoes. These can cause inflammation around the ball of your foot. While metatarsalgia is usually not serious, it can cause sufficient pain to keep you less active than you would be otherwise. Treatment is quite simple and consists primarily of basic home remedies. Metatarsalgia responds well to ice, rest, proper footwear and proper supports for your shoes.
This is yet another common affliction to the balls of your feet. Sesamoiditis is usually found in younger people who engage in rigorous physical activities and sports. The pain usually begins as a mild ache and can build up to an intense throbbing that can completely immobilize you. The sesamoids are involved in fine movement in your feet and with strain the tendons and soft tissues that surround it can become inflamed. All sesamoiditis treatments are non invasive and can be done at your own home. Sesamoiditis Does however respond well to massage therapy and some medications. Preventing sesamoiditis can be as simple as wearing effective athletic supports.
Planters warts commonly form around the ball of your feet in response to rigorous activity. These types of warts are extremely painful and take a long time to treat and cure. Treatment options include wart medications, home remedies and you could choose to undergo a surgical procedure to get rid of the wart. In some cases the wart could grow back after the surgery.
A callus will occur when your foot is consistently exposed to rough surfaces such as rocks, and old shoes. The skin will thicken as a defense response, and in some cases it can be painful and uncomfortable.