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Balls of feet, PAIN!

Posted In: Foot conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: dingybat
  • November 19, 2008
  • 06:09 AM

Hello. I am suffering from pains in the balls of my feet at random occassions nowadays! AND I DONT KNOW WHAT WHY AM I SUFFERING FROM THIS! Any ideas? :confused:

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  • im unsure, but you can try swithing over to therapeutic shoes. my father uses them to relieve some of the pain. i hope they help you aswell.
    chris jackson 2 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 05:50 PM
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  • I have extreme foot pain on the balls of both feet and it is caused by Mortons neuroma.
    B4SuzieQ 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • SuzieQ, I think your options are to live with it or have surgery. My wife had surgery to repair a Morton's neuroma in December and it took a fairly long recuperative period but she is now pain free. If you do have it done, elect the entry from the top of the foot rather than from below, it will reduce the recuperative period significantly. See a reputable podiatrist. Dingybat, I suspect you have metatarsalgia and it may be due to "fat pad atrophy". I have the same problem with one foot. This has been very frustrating as I have had to give up running which was my passion. I was prescribed orthotics for my shoes. There are also various pads you can place under the metatarsal heads, the best in my estimation being Slapos (?) which is a gel pad with an attachment to one of your toes to keep it in place. Walking barefoot is a no-no.
    tiger67 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks Tiger 67 for the information that makes a lot of sense about going in from the top. So far all they want to do is give me cortisone shots, which I have refused.
    B4SuzieQ 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • To give you a little more information, my wife had same day surgery and came home. She was off work for 4 weeks, but was fairly mobile around the house after about 2 weeks. For about a week she kept her foot elevated and applied ice to the top of her foot periodically. I think she was to have her foot elevated for 50 minutes every hour. Once she started to increase her walking, she bought a pair of New Balance walking shoes for cushioning and overall comfort. The shots are just a band-aid treatment which addresses symptoms but not the problem. She has had no complications or recurrences. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
    tiger67 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Again thanks, I do appreciate the info. I think you are right about the shots, at least that is what I have heard about them. I cannot stand to have anyone touch my feet to begin with because I am extremely ticklish, so I wouldn't want to be in the room when they tried to give me a shot there. I guess it is just a matter of finding a doc willing to bypass the shots and go straight to the surgery.Did your wife have them on both feet? And if so, did she have the surgery on both at the same time. Thanks in advance.
    B4SuzieQ 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • She only had the one foot done. Fortunately, she has no problem (knock on wood) with the other. There is a part of me that, if the condition were mine, would consider having both at one time to get it over and done with, but then I wouldn't have a good foot to get around on while I was healing. I'm sure you have checked, but there are a lot of web sites that discuss Morton's neuroma. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
    tiger67 4 Replies Flag this Response
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