Article body (HTML version) I've got the ball of foot pain blues! I really do! I have had them on and off for over a year now and it is time to come out and share with you all why things like this happen and what keeps me pain-free and happy! Pain under the ball the foot is known as "Metatarsalgia" in the podiatry world. Where your pain is in your forefoot makes a big difference on what your problem in particular could be. Mine happens to be underneath where my second toe, next to the big toe, attaches to the forefoot. This seems to be a pretty common area. After prolonged irritation, a discolored area (brown, red or black) may develop under a large corn or callus. This discoloration is caused by a small amount of bleeding in the space between thick and normal skin. In severe cases, the thick and normal skin may separate, exposing the area to possible infection, especially in people with diabetes. Diagnosis Foam wedges - these may be used for corns on the toes to reduce pressure. Sometimes special silicone wedges may be used. Podiatrist suggests patients to go through a physical examination and perform X-ray evolution if required, perform trimming or padding of the lesions, surgery as required. A callus, also known as hyperkeratosis, is an area of hard, thickened skin that can occur across the ball of the foot, on the heel, or on the outer side of the big toe. Although many consider them a skin problem, they are indicative of a problem with the bone. If you need assistance relieving calluses, please contact our office. We can trim and apply comfortable padding to the painful areas. In more severe cases, we may prescribe medication to relieve inflammation, or inject cortisone into the underlying bursal sac to rapidly reduce pain and swelling. A further reason why callus removal is important is that a callus may hide or worsen inflammation underneath the skin, an early sign of a diabetic foot ulcer. Nishide et al. conducted a study in 2009 to identify latent inflammation within the foot callus using thermography and ultrasonography, and to investigate the relationship between the inflammation in callus and presence or absence of diabetes. The researchers found that even though there were more calluses indentified in the non-diabetic group, they had no signs of inflammation under the calluses. On the other hand, 10% of the calluses in the diabetic patient group had notable inflammation. If you experience swelling or discomfort in your feet after dancing, you should soak your feet in warm salt water for 15-30 minutes. The warm salt water will offer instant relief of minor foot pain. In addition, it will also reduce the chance of infection taking hold. Every dancer should soak their feet in warm salt water at least once a week for maximum benefit. There is a flurry of bamboo foot patches on the market. With claims to improve health and detox the whole body, the patches have gained some popularity. However, there is no medical evidence that these patches work. Look for symptoms such as a hard, dry, wide and thick bulge of skin. It might be yellowish or grayish and be painless or less receptive to the touch compared to the immediate skin. It may of course feel rough and swollen. When wearing slippers made of soft fur or sitting comfortably, these will not hurt. However, they will hurt and feel very uncomfortable when you are walking with your shoes on. When you are suffering from either corns or calluses, shoes, especially the closed types become your worst enemy. If the bumps are sensitive even to the slightest touch, you cannot wear closed footwear without feeling extreme pain. A bunion is an enlargement at the base of the big toe that is caused by improper alignment of the joint. It can be swollen tender and throbbing with the wearing of footwear. The skin over the joint becomes swollen and quite tender. The main reasons of these problems are heredity, biomechanical abnormalities, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis and congenial deformities. Fungal nail can be treated with appropriate drugs. Most of the physicians suggest helpful medicines such as cream, soaks, or nail lacquer for this disease. Take good care of your feet Inspect them daily for developing calluses and other foot problems, and treat accordingly - the sooner the better. is an important component of individual care but is also frequently implemented on a greater scale, either to specific target groups or as community projects by most Orange County foot doctors In order to facilitate enhanced clinical care, California podiatrists establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other health care providers, often working within Registered podiatrists in California, Orange County and Los Angeles believe their patients deserve to have the information needed to make good choices about their foot and ankle care. Their goal is to educate each patient and begin a relevant foot treatment program with the highest quality of care available. Calluses form from repeated friction and pressure, as the shoe (or ground) rubs against a bony prominence (bone spur) on the toe or foot. The skin thickens in response to this pressure. Small amounts of friction or pressure over long periods of time cause a corn or callus. A great deal of friction or pressure over shorter periods of time can cause blisters or open sores. Calluses typically develop under a metatarsal head (the long bone that forms the ball of the foot) that is carrying more than its fair share of the body weight, usually due to it being dropped down or due to its longer length. Corns and calluses most often occur on the toes or bottom of the foot Though, they can form in different areas of the body. Calluses, also called a a tyloma, is a area on the skin that gets thicker in reaction to steady pressure or friction. Calluses are most often not painful, nevertheless if they do get painful then you should look for treatment. If the callus starts to make a assemblage of dead cells at its center, it is now considered a corn, or heloma. The nail may become prone to become an onychocryptosis condition due to a previous trauma as it can alter the shape of the nail.