Metatarsalgia (Pain in the Ball of Your Foot) | Cleveland Clinic
Metatarsalgia refers to pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. This is the area between the arches and toes on the bottom of the foot. Metatarsalgia centers under the five bones at the bases of the toes, the metatarsals. The pain of metatarsalgia can be caused by a number of conditions and can have varied treatments. Anyone can get metatarsalgia, although runners and others who take part in high impact sports or spend more time on their forefoot have the condition more frequently than others.
The pain may be on the inner side of the foot medial foot pain or on the outer side lateral foot pain. Thinking about the location and onset of side foot pain can give us a good indication of what the problem is. Symptoms: Side foot pain, swelling, bruising, instability.
Foot pain is a very common problem. However, the challenge with foot pain is that there are many different potential causes , making it even difficult at times for healthcare professionals to get to the root of your discomfort. Where the pain is and how it feels—throbbing, aching, stabbing, tender, and so on—can offer clues, but given all the possible causes, symptoms may not be enough to settle on a diagnosis. Below is a summary of some of the most common painful foot conditions. However, be sure to see your personal doctor or podiatrist a doctor who specializes in foot conditions if you are experiencing foot pain.