Ball of foot pain

Hello, I want to find out what is causing the severe pain I get in the balls of my feet. I run on average 7 miles a day but I always have done and didn’t used to have this issue. It now seems to be getting worse and sometimes after running I cannot walk properly on it. After playing football yesterday it seems to be the worse it has got. After doing research online it looks like it may be just Metatarsalgia as that is what the symptoms look like. Do you have any advice and do I need to see anyone as it’s very painful and I do have a few days of rest but then it comes back as painful again. The left one is the really painful one and is very swollen.

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    Hello and thank you for your question. Metatarsalgia isn’t a diagnosis it is a vague description of symptoms. Without evaluating you it is hard for me to say exactly however I’d start with the following foot recovery guidelines. Roll the bottom of the foot daily for 10 minutes using a golf ball or RAD Roller ( follwed by 5 minutes of calf stretching. I’d also look into Correct Toes ( and use these every day at night for at least 30 minutes. You can also look into adding a metatarsal pad to your shoes (www.alimed) or Lynco inserts from Aetrex ( If your pain persists then I’d see a Podiatrist who can evaluate you in person. I hope this helps!


    Hi,i have been getting pain in the sole of my left foot, more intense across the base of my toes which started about a week ago. It gets so bad and makes my calf feel as though the pain is creeping upwards. Could this be metatarsalgia? If so what can i do to stop it getting worse and is this a long term or permanent condition?
    I would appreciate your help.

  3. mario

    Ice pack helps put foot on ice pack for seconds till you feel sensation in morning or night or both then remove do this about 10x or so for 10 to 20 seconds per time after a day of standing trust me standing just adds more pressure and pain after 2 weeks you should feel some relief ice pack has helped me dramatically

  4. Vic Mathis

    I am having pian in the ball of my feet and in the heel. It gets worse with the amount of time I’m walking. We are going east on vacation this year. The day we walked a large, historical tourist site in Virgina, I thought I would become the first person to die from foot pain! Of course, I lived but, the pain was intense.

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