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.
Neglecting your bunions for months or even years can be a very bad idea since untreated bunions often progress to the inclusion of hammertoes, bursitis and neuromas.
The sesamoid bones carry a lot of weight in their location in the ball of the foot, where they experience all the pressure and stress from walking and exercising.
Having the feeling that your feet are burning can be very unnerving, to say the least. Peripheral neuropathy, which is often brought about by a poor diet, is a primary cause of that burning foot feeling.