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What are the main causes of ball pain?



The main conditions affecting the ball are SesamoiditisMetatarsalgiaCalluses and Morton's Neuroma.

Learn about each of these conditions below.

You can click on each of these conditions to discover more about them and how they affect the ball — and how footwear can alleviate common symptoms.


  • Sesamoiditis

Do you experience pain inside the ball of your foot? Especially when on your tiptoes or stepping off to walk? It could be the condition that podiatrists call sesamoiditis.

You can find out more about Sesamoiditis by CLICKING HERE.


  • Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is a broad diagnosis that includes inflammation of the structures within the ball of the foot, including the nerves, tendons, ligaments, bone and joint. It often hurts to push off with your toes or stand on your toes. It is usually tender when squeezed or pushed on, though the area will not show any swelling or changes in color.

You can find out more about Metatarsalgia by CLICKING HERE.


  • Calluses

Calluses under the ball of the foot are often due to abnormal loading of the foot during push off. Like all calluses, the exact cause is excessive friction on the skin.

Calluses under the big toe or inside ball area indicate a rigid functioning segment that may need padding. 

You can find out more about Calluses by CLICKING HERE.


  • Morton's Neuroma

Do you experience sharp or burning pains in the ball of the foot that sometimes shoot up the back of your legs or to your toes? Morton’s neuroma is the medical term describing a neuroma of the nerve to the toes of the foot. Ninety percent of all neuroma sufferers are women ages 18-85.

You can find out more about Morton's Neuroma by CLICKING HERE.