Pain in the ball of the foot can be difficult to diagnosis since it is caused by a variety of problems that produce similar symptoms. One of the most common causes of pain in the ball of the foot is called capsulitis. The condition is so named because it is located near the big toe in an area encapsulated by bones, tendons, ligaments and other tissues. Neuromas can produce similar symptoms.
When these components of your foot ball become inflamed due to injury or illness, the result is considerable pain and discomfort, often requiring the help of your foot doctor to properly diagnosis and treat.
Early diagnosis of capsulitis is required for conservative treatments to work correctly.
3 initial treatments for capsulitis may include the following:
1) Rest, elevate, and tape—Rest the affected foot and elevate to help relieve swelling and pressure. Taping your middle toes together will prevent unnecessary movement and reduce pain and discomfort.
2) Use custom made orthotic inserts—Orthotic shoe inserts can be used to isolate the ball of the foot and relieve stress and pressure so healing can occur.
3) Corticosteroids—Injections of steroid medications into the ball of the foot can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Toes that have actually become dislocated will probably require surgery to correct the problem.
If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, we highly recommend that you consult our board certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!