Metatarsalgia (or metatarsal syndrome) is an uncomfortable and painful malady that strikes in the area of the ball of the foot.
A variety of factors and conditions can cause or contribute to pain on the top of your foot but it can be difficult to determine the precise cause without the help of your foot doctor.
The arch of your foot is an interesting and complex structure composed of three main sections including the transverse arch and the two longitudinal sections.
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.
The sensation has been likened to having a “pebble in your shoe” and as the neuroma worsens, it can cause considerable pain and an uncomfortable burning and numbing sensation.
For great foot health, you should always use the correct footwear with the optimal inserts that treat your feet the best.
The tibial nerve provides feeling for the bottom of your foot, and when it becomes damaged and inflamed the resultant neuropathy can be quite debilitating.
When the foot rolls excessively inward the result is overpronation. This creates poor alignment and increased pressure that contributes not only to foot and ankle problems but also to the knee, hip, and back injuries.
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.
Heel pain can come on suddenly, and one of the primary ailments that is responsible for causing heel pain is plantar fasciitis.