• Chamith Abeyratne

Forefoot Pain, HELP!

Have you been suffering from pain or sensitivity to pressure under the ball of your foot? You are not alone; forefoot pain is one of the most common presenting concerns within podiatry clinics. Our day to day movements like running and walking demand a significant amount of load bearing onto the forefoot, making it a very common area of injury amongst patients.

Common forefoot pathologies are:

  • Arthritis

  • Capsulitis

  • Hallux valgus

  • Intermetatarsal Bursitis

  • Metatarsalgia

  • Morton’s Neuroma

  • Plantar Plate Tears

  • Sesamoid injuries

  • Stress Fractures

Symptoms related to forefoot pain present as a general tenderness, a dull ache, sharp pain, tingling, pins and needles and/or burning sensations.

Various factors are considered to play a role in developing forefoot pain; inappropriate footwear, high impact activities, forefoot malalignment or increased body weight. As there are many common causes it is vital to identify the single source of the issue as soon as possible.

Our podiatrists will undertake a full biomechanical assessment to determine what may be contributing to the development of these pathologies. Based on our assessment a diagnosis will be given and a treatment plan will be implemented to meet your needs and relieve symptoms long term.

Forefoot pain, unlike other forms of discomfort, does not get better by hoping it will improve. Treatment will vary depending on the presenting condition, but may include:

  • Rest

  • Ice

  • Anti-inflammatory agents

  • Alternative footwear

  • Limiting aggravating activities

  • Stretching programs

  • Orthotic Insoles

  • If imaging is required you will be referred for an xray or ultrasound.

It is important to take action early, before your condition has a chance to advance.

Don’t settle for pain—take back your comfort!

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