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Pain in the Ball of the Foot (Metatarsalgia)

By Kendrick Alan Whitney, DPM, Associate Professor, Department of Biomechanics, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Pain in the ball of the foot is called metatarsalgia and may have many different causes (including arthritis, poor circulation, pinching of the nerves between the toes, posture problems, and various disorders).

The most common causes include

Often, developing one disorder that causes pain in the ball of the foot contributes to development of another disorder that causes pain in the same location.