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The condition called metatarsalgia is a major source of pain in the ball of the foot. Since your foot ball is right behind your big toe on the bottom of your foot, it absorbs much of the stress and pressure from walking, standing, and exercising and is frequently the source of intense foot pain. The area where the three middle toes meet with the ball is often affected.
4 causes of pain in the ball of the foot include the following:
- Tight or loose-fitting shoes—Footwear with a narrow toe box such as high-heeled shoes push the toes together and constrict foot and toe movement. Shoes that are worn out and don’t provide the correct support and cushioning will also contribute to ball of the foot pain.
- Fractures— in the toe bones will cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Neuroma—A neuroma is a growth of fibrous tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toe bones, causing severe pain and discomfort.
- Hereditary influence—People who have hereditary conditions like high arches or a second toe that is longer than the big toe are more likely to experience pain in the ball of the foot.
Metatarsalgia, as well as the other problems that occur in the ball of the foot, can create radiating pain in your knees, hips, and back. Always have your feet evaluated and properly treated by a foot doctor well versed in all the possibilities to help avoid future complications. Consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
We are finally getting closer to Spring as we turn our clocks ahead and the days will slowly get longer! This means more activities including cycling, which has become a favorite among many people. Whether it be for transportation, pleasure or sport it is enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC understands the safety of bicycling and the effects it can have on your body.
Cycling tips that won’t tip you over:
- Athletic shoe for leisure cyclists can be a typical athletic shoe used for other activities such as walking, cross training or jogging
- Cycling shoes are designed for the more serious cyclist and should fit snugly around the top of the foot and heel.
- Road cycling or racing cyclist should wear a stiff sole and narrow heeled shoes
- Mountain or off road cyclists need a good tread and a rugged sole
- Toe clips on the pedals allow the cyclist to shift power from body to pedal
- You can also use a shoe that clips into the pedal but you would not be able to walk in them off the bike
- When getting fitted for any of these options take the sock you plan to use with you when you shop
Four Risks that can spin you into injury
- Achilles tendinitis ~ the tendon on the back of the leg that is connected to the heel. Riding with your seat too low or pedaling incorrectly can affect this tendon ~ try to stretch and relax your muscles before and after riding.
- Plantar fasciitis ~ the tissue on the bottom of the heel. Keeping the seat high will relieve the pressure put on that part of the foot while riding.
- Foot numbness ~ also known as pins and needles. The top of the foot and the big toe go numb due to poor fitting shoes and tight clips. Loosen straps and get the right shoe ~ simple solution.
- Metatarsalgia ~ pain in the ball of the foot. Pedaling incorrectly can cause this but correcting foot position and getting the right shoe should fix this.
If you are just starting out on your cycling road trip or have injured yourself from a previous ride contact us at one of our six (6) locations; Fort Lee and Ringwood NJ or Brooklyn, Forest Hills Woodhaven and Flushing NY. Our team of podiatrists are ready to serve you so call for an appointment 201-363-9662. Spring is slowly creeping in and fevers are flying high so use your common sense and “Keep on cyclin”.