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Causes of Forefoot Pain

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

The forefoot consists of various bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, any of which can experience pain. Three main conditions are contributors to forefoot pain. First is metatarsalgia, or discomfort in the ball of the foot. This condition is often triggered by intense athletic training or wearing ill fitting shoes, causing misalignment of bones or spending too much time on the feet. Second, sesamoiditis results from inflammation of tendons that support the two small sesamoid bones, just under the big toe. Inflammation affects weight bearing and inhibits movement of the big toe. Sesamoiditis is common among runners and dancers. Third is Morton’s neuroma, characterized by a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves near the toes. This causes burning pain and numbness, and is generally felt between the third and fourth toes. It can worsen by wearing inappropriate footwear or participating in high-impact activities. For advice with any of these painful forefoot ailments, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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