BALL OF FOOT PAIN

  • Ball of foot pain also known as metatarsalgia is an injury to the ball of the foot. There are many different injuries you can get to the ball of the foot and many reasons for them

    • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot — the part of the sole just behind your toes
    • Pain that worsens when you stand, run, flex your feet or walk — especially barefoot on a hard surface — and improves when you rest
    • Sharp or shooting pain, numbness, or tingling in your toes
    • A feeling of having a pebble in your shoe
    • Intense training or activity. Distance runners are at risk of metatarsalgia, primarily because the front of the foot absorbs significant force when a person runs. But anyone who participates in a high-impact sport is at risk, especially if your shoes fit poorly or are worn.
    • Certain foot shapes. A high arch can put extra pressure on the metatarsals. So can having a second toe that’s longer than the big toe, which causes more weight than normal to be shifted to the second metatarsal head. Flat feet also suffer from Foot pain.
    • Foot deformities. Wearing too-small shoes or high heels can cause your foot to be misshapen. A downward-curling toe (hammertoe) and swollen, painful bumps at the base of your big toes (bunions) can cause metatarsalgia.
    • Excess weight. Because most of your body weight transfers to your forefoot when you move, extra pounds mean more pressure on your metatarsals. Losing weight might reduce or eliminate symptoms.
    • Poorly fitting shoes. High heels, which transfer extra weight to the front of your foot, are a common cause of metatarsalgia in women. Shoes with a narrow toe box or athletic shoes that lack support and padding also can contribute to the problem.
    • Stress fractures. Small breaks in the metatarsals or toe bones can be painful and change the way you put weight on your foot.
    • Morton’s neuroma. This noncancerous growth of fibrous tissue around a nerve usually occurs between the third and fourth metatarsal heads. It causes symptoms that are similar to metatarsalgia and can also contribute to metatarsal stress.
    • Bursitis / Synovitis – This is a very common injury that occurs when the joint of the toes get inflamed.
  • It’s best not to ignore foot pain that lasts more than a few days. Talk to your podiatrist if you have a burning pain in the ball of your foot that doesn’t improve after changing your shoes and modifying your activities.

  • The podiatrist might recommend arch supports to minimize stress on the metatarsal bones and improve foot function. You can buy arch support insoles over-the-counter, or they can be 3D custom fitted orthotics.

    Strength work, anti inflammatories, hot and cold therapy, dry needling, manipulation, and hands on treatment may also come into play when treating a ball of the foot injury.

  • Call us to find out whether ball of the foot injury treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.

  • Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails.

    • Thickened nail
    • Whitish to yellow-brown discoloration
    • Distorted nail shape
    • Brittle, crumbly or ragged
    • Smelling slightly foul
    • Dark Color caused by debris building up under your nail
    • Crumbling of the outside edges of the nail
    • Loosening or lifting up of the nail
    • Skin or nail injuries, also conditions, such as psoriasis
    • Walking barefoot in damp communal areas
    • Blood Circulation Problems, diabetes or a weakened immune system
    • Moist Skin, common in feet that perspire a-lot
    • Not Sterilised Utensils, sharing others’ pedicure tools
    • Poorly Fitted Shoes, Wearing poorly fitting shoes
  • You may want to see a podiatrist if self-care steps haven’t helped and the nail becomes increasingly discolored, thickened or deformed. Also check with a podiatrist if you have diabetes and think you are developing nail fungus.

    • Anti fungal creams: Your podiatrist may prescribe an antifungal cream, which you rub into your infected nails after soaking. These creams may work better if you first thin the nails. This helps the medication get through the hard nail surface to the underlying fungus.
    • Oral antifungal drugs. These drugs are often the first choice because they clear the infection more quickly than do topical drugs. Options include terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox). These drugs help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected part.
    • Nail Removal: Your podiatrist might suggest temporary removal of the nail so that he or she can apply the antifungal drug directly to the infection under the nail. Some fungal nail infections don’t respond to medicines. Your doctor might suggest permanent nail removal if the infection is severe or extremely painful.
    • Laser Treatment: the podiatrist aims a laser beam at the patient’s toenails to kill the organisms that cause the fungus.
    • Lacuna fungal nail treatment: This involves thinning out the nail and creating little holes. The holes create a route of entry to the fungus. We then get you to apply anti fungal creams or topications daily to kill off the fungus.