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Dr. Harvey R. Danciger

Pain in the ball of the foot

An Explanation for Ball of Foot Pain

We understand how frustrating foot pain can be. We help people on a regular basis who have been sidelined from sports, taken out of favorite activities, or had their lives disrupted by foot or ankle problems. Pain in the ball of the foot can be particularly uncomfortable and truly impact your daily activities and exercise.

When ball of foot pain can be described as a burning, stabbing or aching pain just beneath the toes, it is most likely a condition called metatarsalgia. While usually not serious in nature, there is no reason you need to go through another day in pain. These symptoms can also be present in neurological conditions so it is important to find out the cause.  If these symptoms are occurring, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 for diagnosis and treatment. 

What is metatarsalgia?

This condition is named after the bones in your foot that are affected – the metatarsals. These are the five long bones that connect your toe bones to the tarsal bones in your ankle joint. They play an important role in providing stability and balance as you stand and move. Participating in activities that involve a lot of running and jumping or wearing ill-fitting shoes can both lead to the development of pain and inflammation in this area of the foot.

In essence, this condition is brought on by excess pressure, and the most common cause is overuse. Athletes involved in high impact sports and intense training are particularly at risk due to the repetitive force that is put on feet. The constant pounding on pavement makes runners prone to this condition as well. There are also several other causes that may lead to this type of foot pain, such as having a high arch, having a second toe longer than the first, being overweight, deformities such as hammertoes and bunions, and arthritis.

What are the symptoms?

Metatarsalgia is a very common foot problem treated by Dr. Harvey Danciger at our office in Palm Desert, CA. There are several common symptoms that are indicative of this condition: sharp pain, burning or aching in the ball of the foot, pain that gets worse during weight-bearing activities, numbness in toes, pain when you flex your foot, pain walking barefoot, and feeling as though you are walking on a small pebble.

How we can help

The best treatment starts with prevention, which means keeping your weight at a healthy level and always wearing supportive shoes. If poor shoe choices or involvement in athletic activities have brought on pain in the ball of your foot, we have several effective treatment options to alleviate your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may implement one or more of the following: rest, shoe modification, strength and flexibility exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, custom orthotics, laser treatments and corrective surgery.

Don’t allow foot pain to interrupt your life. Our effective treatments can get you back to enjoying your life as you should be. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at our podiatric office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 and make an appointment today. You may also request an appointment online.


Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle