The foot is a complex network of nerves, skin, blood vessels and soft tissue. Feet are overworked and frequently injured or simply get worn out. When the nerves in your feet are damaged, this can result in foot pain.
When experiencing pain in the ball or the bottom, front part of your foot this is medically referred to as metatarsalgia. It can be caused by a pinched nerve between the toes, as well as by poor circulation, arthritis and posture problems. The pain is generally caused by an abnormality of the metatarsal joints that are closest to the ball (front) of the foot or by nerve damage.
Interdigital Nerve Pain
Interdigital nerve pain can result in pain in the ball of your foot. This kind of nerve pain is caused by non-cancerous or benign growths of these nerves as well as by irritation of the interdigital nerve. Interdigital nerve pain manifests as a mild ache around the third or fourth toe that eventually turns into a tingling or burning sensation.
The interdigital nerves travel along the bottom of your toes and foot between the bones of the toes. When nerve tissue grows abnormally, this creates a neuroma and it usually occurs between the base of the third and fourth toes. This is referred to as Morton’s neuroma.
When there is deterioration of the nerves in your feet or hands this results in peripheral neuropathy or peripheral nerve disease, which is common among Americans. When the nerves deteriorate, it makes it nearly impossible for the muscles, bones and other tissues in your body that make up the lower and upper extremities to communicate with the spinal column, Foot-pain-explained.com notes. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by nerve entrapment, compression, laceration or disease, exposure to toxins, inflammation and, sometimes, just age.
You will experience burning, numbness, itchiness, tingling and occasionally shooting pains if the peripheral nervous system has gone awry. If this condition isn’t treated, it can leave to tissue damage, muscle atrophy and loss of nerve function.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
There is a large nerve that passes into the foot just below the ankle bone and on the inside of the ankle. This particular nerve can become inflamed, and when it does, this condition results in tarsal tunnel syndrome. Pain is usually experienced in the toes, the ankle or the bottom of the foot instead of at the site of the inflamed nerve, which is located on the ankle’s inside.