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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Why Does the Bottom of My Foot Hurt? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Why Does the Bottom of My Foot Hurt?

Pain or inflammation in the ball of your foot, especially pain that worsens when you are standing, walking, or running is a classic symptom of a common condition we treat at Central Jersey Foot &Ankle Care, known as metatarsalgia. Other signs that you may be suffering from this disorder are sharp, shooting pains in or behind the toes that worsen when you flex your toes, and numbness or tingling in the toes. Some people report that the pain is worse when they go barefoot and describe the sensation as the feeling of walking on pebbles.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is most prevalent in people who are on their feet for a good portion of the day and those that participate in sports and other activities that involve running or repeated pounding of the feet. There are several possible factors that cause or aggravate metatarsalgia, including:

  • Foot or toe deformities, such as: bunions, claw toes, or hammertoes and also certain structural abnormalities like an extra-long metatarsal bone or an overly high arch
  • Illnesses or disorders that cause inflammatory reactions like arthritis, gout, and Morton’s Neuroma
  •  Improperly fitted footwear, shoes that are too tight in the toe box or have high heels, which put pressure on the ball of the foot by forcing weight forward
  • Stress fractures in the foot—these may cause a patient to alter their stride and put more pressure on the front of the foot
  • Excess weight, the more you weigh, the greater the load on the ball of your foot when standing and walking


Diagnosis and Treatment

The symptoms of metatarsalgia can also indicate other foot disorders. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo, will confirm a diagnosis of metatarsalgia by examining your foot and possibly ordering x-rays (which can be done right in our Aberdeen office). Most treatments for metatarsalgia are non-invasive and involve making positive choices for your feet in general: choosing shoes that fit properly and maintaining a healthy weight, for example. Initially the foot doctor may recommend that you rest your foot and elevate it after standing or walking. Ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to relieve pain. If your metatarsalgia is due to a foot deformity or mechanical issue, custom orthotics may help to reposition the foot and eliminate the pressure on the ball of the foot.

If you are suffering symptoms of metatarsalgia, contact our office today for an appointment by calling: 732-566-2841.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Why Does the Bottom of My Foot Hurt?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen