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Each foot has 26 bones that work together with numerous tendons and ligaments to make the foot function normally. When even one bone sustains an injury or endures too much stress, significant discomfort can result. Pain in the arch or the ball of the foot is often due to improper footwear, overuse, weight gain, or injury. The following are common conditions involving arch and ball pain that Dr. Pinsker treats on a regular basis:

Capsulitis

Capsulitis is an inflammatory condition that can affect any joint in the body. When feet are involved, it most commonly develops in the ball of the foot. The ligament attaches one of the toe bones to a metatarsal bone and becomes overstretched and inflamed. This can result from an abnormal foot structure, trauma to the foot, poorly fitting footwear, and repetitive activities that bend the toes. Don’t suffer with ball-of-foot pain any longer!  

Flat Feet (overpronation)

Flat feet are a very common foot condition in which the structure of the foot begins to collapse. This eventually leads to a flattening of the arch where the entire sole of your foot touches the ground when standing. Other parts of the foot can experience stress and/or injury as a result. Flat feet are also commonly associated with overpronation, which is when the foot and ankle tend to roll inward while standing or walking.

In most cases, arches that are flat do not result in pain or problems. When discomfort does result, it is referred to as adult-acquired flatfoot or tibialis posterior tendonitis. As symptoms develop, it can become painful to walk and difficult to wear shoes comfortably. If this occurs, you should call Dr. Pinsker for an evaluation and help in finding the treatment option that is best for you.

Metatarsalgia (foot pain in ball)

Foot pain in the ball of your foot between your arch and your toes is most commonly called metatarsalgia. There are five bones called the metatarsals in the ball of the foot. When one of these bones becomes irritated and inflamed, pain can develop. There are several reasons why the ball of the foot is at risk for injury. Generally, the fat pad in this area becomes thinner as you age making it more susceptible to pain. When you add other stresses such as wearing high heels or rigid-soled work boots, high impact activities, walking or running on hard surfaces and arthritis, the foot becomes even more susceptible to ball of the foot pain.

Relieving the stress and pressure on this area is often where treatment starts. Changing shoes and utilizing custom orthotics are often very helpful in relieving symptoms. Call our office today to find out whether or not custom orthotics may help to relieve your ball-of-foot pain.

Plantar Fibromas (lumps in the arch of the foot)

The word plantar refers to the sole or the bottom of your foot. A fibroma is a benign tissue tumor or a growth. When these growths develop on the sole of the foot, usually deep inside the ligaments of arch, they can cause a lot of pressure and pain. In the past, conservative methods of treatment often proved to be unsuccessful in relieving symptoms, leaving surgery as the only option. Today, there’s good news that eliminates surgical intervention.

At our podiatric office, Dr. Pinsker has been providing relief to patients with plantar fibromas through a state-of-the-art procedure called cryotherapy. If a lump in the bottom of your foot is bringing persistent pain and discomfort, call our office today to discuss what this treatment option could do for you. 

Sesamoiditis

Of the 26 bones in the foot, there are two that are kernel sized called the sesamoids. Found on the underside of the forefoot near the big toe, they provide a smooth surface over which the tendons slide. This helps with weight bearing and enables the bones of the big toe to elevate. The amount of force put on these bones makes them susceptible to injury. Sesamoiditis, which is actually a form of tendonitis, develops when the tendons surrounding the sesamoids become irritated and inflamed. If you have pain under your big toe or in the ball of your foot, our office has several treatment options to help relieve your symptoms. Make an appointment with Dr. Pinsker for a thorough evaluation.

If you experience arch pain or pain in the ball of your foot lasting more than a few days, please contact our office for evaluation and treatment options. We have many conservative and non-invasive treatments to relieve your symptoms and get you back to enjoying life without foot pain. Call our Washington, PA office today (724) 225-7410.