Foot Pain Near Toes

What is causing the foot pain near my toes?

You’ve been limping around for days with foot pain near your toes, but you don’t know why you’re in pain. However, your pain is making it much harder to do the work and at-home tasks that you normally do. 

You aren’t alone in dealing with debilitating foot pain. One medical survey on foot pain reports that nearly 40% of the respondents experienced moderate-to-severe foot pain. Fortunately, a physical therapist can help you learn why you’re feeling foot pain near your toes. These medical specialists can create an effective treatment plan for your foot pain, too. 

Three possible causes of foot pain near the toes

  1. Metatarsalgia — People are said to have metatarsalgia when the ball of their foot becomes painful and inflamed. Typically, this condition occurs in people who do high-impact sports, like running or jumping. It can also develop in women who frequently wear high-heeled shoes. The most common metatarsalgia symptom is pain in the ball of the foot right behind the toes. 
  1. Morton’s neuroma — This condition occurs when there is a thickening of the tissue around the digital nerve that runs into a toe. Morton’s neuroma patients often report that it feels like they’re walking on a marble, and they also tend to experience persistent pain in the ball of their foot. The area most commonly affected by this condition is the area between the third and fourth toes. Also, women are 8 to 10 times more likely to develop this foot issue. 
  1. Plantar plate injury — The plantar plate is a ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot, and this ligament has many functions. It’s primarily responsible for protecting the metatarsal bones from the pressure of walking or jogging. Also, it helps prevent the toes from spreading too far apart or overextending. Pain and swelling under the ball of the foot are common signs of a plantar plate injury. The pain is often triggered by bending the toes upward. 

SOL PT is keen to help you treat the foot pain near your toes

Treating foot pain near your toes can be much easier with expert help. It’s this kind of help that you’ll find at SOL Physical Therapy. Our team can do a comprehensive evaluation of your painful foot, which is intended to pinpoint the source of your pain. Additionally, our physical therapists can create an individualized physical therapy plan for you that’s designed to: 

  • Reduce your pain.
  • Increase your foot flexibility.
  • Decrease the chances of future foot problems. 

Contact our team today for more information about steps we can take to help you with foot pain or to schedule an initial appointment to begin treating your pain. 

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