Why does the ball under my foot hurt?

Why does the ball under my foot hurt?

Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.

Does metatarsalgia go away?

It can take months for the pain to go away. If the ligaments around a joint are torn, or if a toe has started to slant toward the toe next to it, you may need surgery.

How long does it take for metatarsalgia to heal?

Ball of the foot pain or Metatarsalgia generally takes 6-8 weeks to improve and early activity on the healing bone and joint can result in a setback in recovery.

What exercise can I do with metatarsalgia?

Exercises for pain

  • Sit up straight in a chair, with the feet flat on the floor.
  • Place the left foot on the right thigh.
  • Pull the toes up, toward the ankle. ...
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Massaging the arch of the foot while stretching will help ease tension and pain.
  • Repeat this exercise 10 times on each foot.

Can Massage Help metatarsalgia?

Massage Can Reduce Metatarsalgia Massage techniques can help with metatarsalgia ( ball of foot pain) and aid in Morton's Neuroma. These techniques are becoming very popular among sports therapists, and massage therapists, reflexologists, and physical therapists.

Can you still exercise with metatarsalgia?

While you're self-treating your metatarsalgia, you'll likely need to modify your exercise or running program. This would be an excellent time to focus on cross training activities. If you're not experiencing significant relief upon progressing into your exercise program, please consult a medical professional.

Does a podiatrist treat metatarsalgia?

Once our Podiatrist has assessed your condition, a personalised treatment plan will be outlined. The Podiatrist may prescribe off the shelf or custom orthotics to help to relieve the pain felt in metatarsalgia as the orthotics redistribute the pressure and impact away from the ball of the foot.

What can a podiatrist do for metatarsalgia?

With most cases of metatarsalgia, our podiatrists will assign simple treatments and care such as:

  • Icing several times a day.
  • Taking Anti-inflammatories.
  • Resting & keeping foot elevated.
  • Wearing better fitting shoes.
  • Using orthotics or arch supports.
  • Ankle & Achilles tendon stretches.

How do you know if you have damaged your metatarsal?

Acute metatarsal fracture May make an audible sound at the time of the break and you will usually have immediate pain and tenderness around the area of the fracture. The pain is often called 'pinpoint pain' as it is quite well localised at the site of impact to the bone.

Can you break a metatarsal and still walk?

A patient with a broken metatarsal may be able to walk, depending on how painful the injury is. Despite this, the patient with a metatarsal fracture is advised to avoid excessive walking, especially on uneven ground, to eliminate the risk of displacement.

What does a metatarsal stress fracture feel like?

Initially, a stress fracture will cause just a small, dull pain or a feeling of weakness in the foot. Most runners will not be concerned with this pain and will run through it, causing the injury to worsen. As a stress fracture progresses, the pain becomes sharp, deep and localized.

What happens if a fracture is left untreated?

When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn't heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.

Can a hairline fracture go undetected?

X-ray: Hairline fractures often aren't visible on X-rays immediately after the injury. The fracture may become visible a few weeks after the injury takes place, when a callus has formed around the healing area. Bone scan: A bone scan involves receiving a small dose of radioactive material through a vein.

How long does a foot injury take to heal?

Most minor-to-moderate injuries will heal within 2 to 4 weeks. More severe injuries, such as injuries that need a cast or splint, will need a longer time to heal, up to 6 to 8 weeks. The most serious injuries will need surgery to reduce the bone and allow the ligaments to heal. The healing process can be 6 to 8 months.

How do I know if my foot injury is serious?

You should make a doctor's appointment after a foot injury if:

  1. you feel pain in your foot for most of the day and it's been a few weeks since your injury.
  2. you have swelling that isn't getting better two to five days after your injury.
  3. you feel tingling, numbness, or burning pain—especially in the bottom of your foot.

When should you go to the doctor for a foot injury?

Seek immediate medical attention if you: Have severe pain or swelling. Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus. Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.

How do you know if you have a stress fracture in your foot?

Some stress fractures won't show up on an X-ray, so MRIs are typically done to definitively diagnose a stress fracture because they can detect both stress reactions and stress fractures. (An X-ray can only detect severe or already-healing stress fractures.)

What does a fractured foot feel like?

If you have a broken foot, you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms: Immediate, throbbing pain. Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest. Swelling.

Can you walk with a stress fracture in the foot?

The worst choices for resumed activity while you recover from a foot or ankle stress fracture are running or even walking on hard surfaces. You can easily reopen your fracture and have to begin the recovery process again. During recovery, wear comfortable, supportive shoes without a raised heel.

Do you need a boot for a stress fracture?

A low risk stress fracture will typically heal on its own just fine, and may not even require any time spent in a boot or on crutches. Low risk stress fractures include most types of tibial and fibular (shin) stress fractures, and metatarsal stress fractures.

Do stress fractures hurt more at night?

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture? Pain is usually felt over the injured area and tends to develop over a few weeks. It is typically worse when putting weight on the injured area and better when resting. As it gets worse, the pain can start to be present when at rest and at night.

Do you need a boot for a hairline fracture?

For these stress fractures we should modify activity to reduce pain and allow controlled loading to encourage bone growth. In the majority of these patients, pain is low with normal activity – boots, crutches, or scooters are not needed.