Foot Pain/Strain

Dear Dr, I have an ache/pain in the arch of my right foot, at the very front directly behind the ball of the foot, recently i have been getting some numbness in the tips of the toes and tingles in the lower right calf area from the ache/pain, i have good shoes and extra inner soles which helped initially, my job requires me to be standing stationary for long periods of time. Thankyou

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question.

    Without examining you it is difficult for me to say exactly what may be causing your pain however it does sound like it may be a neuroma-type pain. A neuroma is a bundle of nerve that is found between the long bones in the foot (metatarsals) and typically presents as pain when pushing off or rolling towards the ball of the foot / toes.

    When compressed, the neuroma can cause pain or tingling in the toes. When we feel pain in one area of the foot we often shift the way we stand or walk which causes pain to other areas of the foot or leg. If you have not seen a Podiatrist I do recommend getting an evaluation as there are many treatment options for neuromas.

    In the mean time I would recommend stretching the calves to take pressure off of the ball of the foot. In addition you can get what is called a metatarsal pad and place this on the foot just short of the ball of the foot. This will take pressure off of the neuroma when standing.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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