Pain in the ball of the foot is often called metatarsalgia.  It is most often caused by excessive pressure being placed on the lesser toes.  Most of the time these are mechanical issues that can be resolved by having your feet and footwear assessed by a good biomechaincs podiatrist.

Common causes of metatarsalgia include;

  • Painful bunion – because the big toe is too sore to load correctly, you subconciously transfer your weight to your lesser toes.
  • Hammer and claw toes – cause a ‘plunging effect’ on the metatarsal heads.
  • Calluses – hard skin on the sole of the foot causes increased pressure on the ball of the foot.
  • Footwear – constantly wearign a high heal shoe puts excessive force through the ball of the foot.