Are you suffering pain in the ball of your foot?

Ball of foot pain | Healthy Life Foot Clinic

Does this sound like you – “The ball of my foot really aches when I put weight on it. Sometimes I also get pins & needles & burning in my toes. I can’t seem to find shoes that are comfortable.” Pain in the ball of the foot is extremely common.

The most common causes of pain under the ball of the foot are:
1. thickening & irritation of nerves in the ball of the foot (commonly called a neuroma).
2. thinning of the tissue under the ball of the foot (called plantar fat pad atrophy).
3. damage to the joints & ligaments under the ball of the foot (called many different names including metatarsalgia, bursitis & plantar plate tears).

All these problems can initially be helped by wearing the appropriate footwear – good fit (adequate length & width), supportive & cushioned. Getting these areas correct, will often relieve the pain.

If you are still experiencing pain after a few weeks, make an appointment with one of our Podiatrists by either calling the clinic of booking online now by clicking the “Book Appointment” button.

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What to expect at your consultation

When you see one of our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic, you’ll not only feel welcomed but confident in their care.

We’ll initially take the time to learn about you and your problem and how it’s affected you and what it’s stopping you from doing. We will then take a thorough history and perform a detailed examination to determine what’s wrong and the cause of your problem.

Part of the examination will involve observation of your walking which may also include the use of video or Gaitscan (this measures the pressure applied under your feet). We may also refer you for further xrays or ultrasound if indicated.

Finally, we will give you a plan which will clearly detail what the problem is, why it’s there and what we will do to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. Treatment will vary according to your problem but may include a combination of hands on therapy (foot mobilisation and dry needling), strapping, exercise, footwear advice, laser, orthotic therapy and general foot care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a couple of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions.

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