Ball of Foot Pain | Do the Bottoms of your Feet & Toes Hurt?

Dec 31, 2020

Welcome to Regency Square Care Center, your trusted resource for health geriatric and aging care. In this article, we will dive into the topic of ball of foot pain, its causes, symptoms, and available treatments. If you are experiencing discomfort in the bottoms of your feet and toes, we are here to provide you with comprehensive information and solutions.

Understanding Ball of Foot Pain

Ball of foot pain, also known as metatarsalgia, refers to pain and inflammation in the area between the arches and toes of the foot. This condition commonly affects individuals who engage in activities that involve running, jumping, or prolonged standing. It can also be caused by wearing improper footwear or having certain foot deformities.

Common symptoms of ball of foot pain include:

  • Sharp or burning pain in the ball of the foot
  • Tingling or numbness in the toes
  • Pain that worsens with activity and improves with rest
  • Difficulty walking or participating in physical activities

Causes of Ball of Foot Pain

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of ball of foot pain:

  1. High-impact activities: Engaging in activities that put excessive pressure on the balls of your feet, such as running or playing sports, can lead to inflammation and pain.
  2. Tight footwear: Wearing shoes that are too tight or have high heels can increase pressure on the balls of your feet and contribute to pain.
  3. Foot deformities: Conditions like bunions, hammertoes, or an abnormal foot structure can place extra strain on the balls of your feet, leading to pain.
  4. Age-related changes: As we age, the fat padding in the balls of our feet can decrease, resulting in increased pressure and discomfort.

Treatments and Relief Options

At Regency Square Care Center, we offer a range of treatments and relief options for ball of foot pain:

1. Footwear Modifications

Proper footwear is crucial in managing ball of foot pain. We recommend wearing shoes with a wide toe box, good arch support, and cushioning in the ball of the foot area. Avoid high heels and tight-fitting shoes, as they can exacerbate your symptoms.

2. Orthotic Inserts

Custom orthotic inserts can provide additional support and cushioning to the balls of your feet. Our experts can assess your foot structure and recommend the right type of orthotics to alleviate your pain.

3. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy exercises and stretches can help strengthen the muscles in your feet and reduce pain. Our skilled therapists will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

4. Medications

In some cases, over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication.

5. Surgical Intervention

If conservative treatments do not provide relief, surgical intervention may be considered for severe cases of ball of foot pain. Our experienced surgeons can assess your condition and discuss the available surgical options.


Ball of foot pain can significantly impact your daily activities and quality of life. At Regency Square Care Center, we understand the importance of finding effective solutions for your foot-related concerns. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care, tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.