The pain felt on the ball of the foot is characterised by a stabbing ache while walking barefoot which makes you limp because of it. The “ball of foot” comprises a complex and fragile arrangement of small joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, arteries, and veins – all of which are susceptible to injury.
The usual causes of ball-of-the-foot pain are the following:
- Plantar plate injury
- Morton’s neuroma (an inflamed nerve)
- Stress fracture
- Intrinsic muscle overuse
- Capsulitis or synovitis.
Treatment of Ball-of-Foot Pain By Competent Podiatrists
We have a special interest in this type of condition and we assess and treat it successfully every day. On your appointment with Penrith Physiotherapy & Allied Health Centre, we will perform a detailed biomechanical assessment to determine why a particular area is sore. We will use a computerised pressure plate system to see the peak pressure in the balls of both feet and a 3D scanner to acquire a 3D image of your foot to correctly diagnose your condition.
We will be assessing your footwear as well as the description of the pain: severity, location, and what worsens or improves the pain. Should we need further diagnostics, we will refer directly for x-Ray, MRI, or ultrasound. Moreover, a diagnosis can be made upon your initial appointment based on clinical findings and history. We will then discuss treatment options and commence the agreed plan immediately.