The answer is yes. The tibial nerve is the large nerve that goes behind the knee in the back of the leg. The large muscles of the gastrocnemius and soleus are in this area. When there is tightness from these muscles on the tibial nerve, from overuse, swelling, injury and other causes, the pressure on the nerve can cause symptoms in the ball of the foot. The symptoms can range from tingling, burning, pressure, sharp sensations or even the feeling like there is a rolled up sock in the area.
Not all ball of foot pain is caused by pressure on the Tibial nerve, so proper evaluation is important. Call Palm Desert Podiatrist, Harvey R. Danciger for further evaluation.