One less commonly known reason for ball of foot pain is Freiberg’s disease. It’s important to rule this out because it can become worse if left untreated. Freiberg’s disease is when the metatarsal heads actually flatten out. It’s most common in teenagers, but can occur in adults as well. It’s still not completely understood what causes this to occur, but traumatic injury is one contributing factor. This can be a very painful problem to have; it can even make walking difficult. Treatment usually starts conservatively with a change to your footwear. Some people find they also benefit from an orthosis in their shoes. You will also be required to rest your feet, which means limiting your physical activity. If your condition is more serious you may be required to have a special cast put on your foot to completely limit mobility. In extremely rare cases surgery may be necessary.
If you have questions regarding ball of foot pain or are experiencing this type of pain call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at (978) 794-8406 to make an appointment with us in one of our three Massachusetts offices.