Why is the ball of my foot swollen?

A number of factors can contribute to pain and swelling in the balls of your feet. Getting to the bottom of it usually requires both a physical examination and a brief chat with your doctor to discuss your symptoms and activities.

Common causes or underlying factors in the development of ball of foot pain and swelling include wearing improper shoes for your activities, overtraining or too much impact exercise with adequate rest periods in between, certain foot shapes such as high arches or even extra-long second toes, and obesity. You may also have a more serious or more complicated condition beyond simple soft tissue swelling, such as stress fracture or a neuroma. An examination and any necessary tests will be needed to know for sure.

Finding the right cause is important, so that we can match you with the right treatment. For help with your ball of foot pain, call Dr. Keith McSpadden at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute today at 512-593-2949.