Pain at the forefoot can be extremely limiting and frustrating as it impairs our ability to stay active and mobile, and keep doing the things we love. Conditions that result in forefoot pain vary greatly, and are often linked with increased pressure at the forefoot that overloads our bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. This means that they can also usually be effectively managed by improving foot function and redistributing pressure more evenly.
A bunionette is a bony bump that develops on the side of the little toe at the ball of the foot.
If there’s a big bony bump at your big toe joint that may rub against the sides of your foot and cause redness, blisters or pain, then you may have a bunion.
When the ends of the toes start to bend down permanently in a fixed position, this is known as hammer toes.
Metatarsalgia describes general pain the ball of the foot, and is a common symptom of several foot conditions.