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Pain in the ball of the foot may be causes by numerousdifferent causes. Most commonly, it is causes by damage or joint abnormalities. Quiteoften the disorders that cause the pain contribute to the development of oneanother.


Freiberg’sdisease is a condition characterized by dead tissue of some parts of the ballof the foot and it usually affects the area that surrounds the digit that isnext to the big toe. This condition is usually caused by a bone injury,repeated stress or when the bone that connects the big toe and the base is tooshort.

The pain gets worse when under pressure and the joint is usually stiffand swollen.The condition needs to be treated by corticosteroids. Sometimescertain types of noncancerous nerve growths or irritations may be the cause ofpain in the ball of the foot. It is characterized by a mild ache that sometimescan be accompanied by tingling or burning sensation.

Cryotherapy or corticosteroidscan be efficient in the treatment. Neuroma develops only in one foot and it isusually associated with the third or fourth toe. Neuroma is characterized bymild ache and tingling or burning sensations that get worse by wearing narrowshoes. Corticosteroids need to be injected locally accompanied by ananesthetic, and sometimes the treatment may require orthoses to relieve thesymptoms completely. Cryotherapy or alcohol injections may also be a solutionto the problem.

Surgical removal of neuroma can also solve the problem but itdoes not deal efficiently with the permanent numbness. Metatarsal joint paincan sometimes occur within the joints when the joint surfaces misalign and thecondition destroys the joint cartilage and puts excessive pressure on thelining of the joints.

Sometimes the condition can be characterized by swellingand mild heat. The alignment is usually caused by rheumatoid arthritis orsimilar conditions which involve inflammations. Fat tissue may be pushedforward which may lead to painful losses of cushioning. It can also be causedby stiff ball joints and osteoarthritis.

People who suffer from this conditionusually experience pain when they walk and the pain and stiffening can disablethem over time. The condition is usually treated with orthoses. Rare casesrequire surgery. Sesamoiditis is a condition characterized by painful smallbone at the area of the adjoining of the big toe. The condition is usuallytriggered by repeated injuries, bone fractures and inflammations.

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