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FOREFOOT PAIN

Forefoot pain refers to discomfort or pain experienced in the front part of the foot, also known as the forefoot. The forefoot includes the metatarsal bones, which are the long bones that connect to the toes, as well as the toes themselves. This area of the foot is essential for walking, running, and other weight-bearing activities.

WHAT IS FOREFOOT PAIN?

 

Forefoot pain refers to discomfort or pain experienced in the front part of the foot, also known as the forefoot. The forefoot includes the metatarsal bones, which are the long bones that connect to the toes, as well as the toes themselves. This area of the foot is essential for walking, running, and other weight-bearing activities.

Forefoot pain can present with a variety of symptoms, depending on the underlying cause.

 

Some common symptoms of forefoot pain include:

  1. Pain: Pain is the most common symptom of forefoot issues. The pain can range from mild discomfort to sharp, intense pain. It may be localised to a specific area or spread across the entire forefoot.

  2. Tenderness: The affected area may feel tender to the touch. Pressing on the forefoot may worsen the pain.

  3. Swelling: Swelling can occur in the forefoot due to inflammation or injury. The affected area might appear puffy or enlarged.

  4. Redness: Inflammation can cause the skin over the affected area to become red or flushed.

  5. Stiffness: Some conditions that cause forefoot pain can lead to stiffness in the affected toes or joints. This can make it difficult to move the toes or bend them properly.

  6. Numbness or Tingling: Conditions like Morton's neuroma or nerve compression can lead to sensations of numbness, tingling, or a "pins and needles" feeling in the forefoot.

  7. Difficulty Walking: Forefoot pain can impact your ability to walk or bear weight on the affected foot. You may alter your gait to avoid putting pressure on the painful area.

  8. Changes in Foot Structure: Conditions like bunions, hammertoes, or claw toes can cause visible changes in the alignment and appearance of the toes.

  9. Pain with Movement: Activities that involve bending, flexing, or putting pressure on the forefoot, such as walking, running, or wearing certain shoes, can exacerbate the pain.

  10. Pain at Rest: In some cases, forefoot pain might be present even when you're not engaging in any physical activity. This could be a sign of chronic inflammation or an underlying condition.

  11. Difficulty Wearing Shoes: Ill-fitting shoes can worsen forefoot pain. If you experience discomfort or pain when wearing shoes, it could indicate an issue with the forefoot.

It's important to remember that these symptoms can vary based on the specific cause of forefoot pain. If you're experiencing persistent or severe symptoms, it's recommended to seek medical attention. A healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist, can properly diagnose the cause of your forefoot pain and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Common causes of Forefoot Pain.

Forefoot pain can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from mechanical issues to medical conditions.

 

Here are some common causes of Forefoot pain:

  1. Metatarsalgia: This is a general term for pain and inflammation in the metatarsal region. It can result from excessive pressure on the metatarsal bones, often due to activities that involve running, jumping, or wearing poorly fitting shoes.

  2. Morton's Neuroma: This is a painful condition that involves a thickening of the tissue around a nerve leading to the toes. It often causes a sensation of a pebble or lump under the foot and is associated with pain, tingling, or numbness.

  3. Toe Deformities: Conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and claw toes can cause pressure and pain in the forefoot due to changes in the alignment of the toes and metatarsal bones.

  4. Fractures: Fractures or stress fractures in the metatarsal bones can cause significant pain in the forefoot. These injuries can result from trauma or overuse.

  5. Arthritis: Various types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, can lead to inflammation and pain in the joints of the forefoot.

  6. Ingrown Toenails: When a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, it can cause pain and inflammation in the affected toe.

  7. Plantar Fasciitis: While plantar fasciitis primarily affects the heel, it can also cause pain and discomfort in the forefoot due to the interconnectedness of the foot's structures.

  8. Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons in the forefoot, such as the Achilles tendon or the tendons supporting the toes, can lead to pain and discomfort.

  9. Injuries: Traumatic injuries like sprains, strains, or contusions to the forefoot area can result in pain.

The treatment of forefoot pain depends on the underlying cause. It's important to consult a healthcare professional or a podiatrist if you're experiencing persistent or severe forefoot pain. They can diagnose the cause of the pain and recommend appropriate treatments, which may include rest, ice, supportive footwear, orthotics, physical therapy, medication, or in some cases, surgical intervention.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM FOREFOOT PAIN?
GET BOOKED IN FOR A BIOMECHANICS APPOINTMENT

£105.00

 

Our team will conduct a full assessment including medical history, foot & lower limb posture, strength & motion tests, gait assessment using pressure plate system, and treatment plan discussion. Following your assessment and review of your medical history, this appoint may suitable to diagnose an treat conditions in the list above.

For this appointment it is important to have the appropriate medical history as this will allow our podiatrists to identify and treat the problem more effectively. If you have any previous GP refferal notes, scans or test results please bring these with you.

You will need the following for your appointment:

A pair of shorts. A selection of footwear, 1 to 3 pairs of shoes (footwear you wear daily/ and or your sporting footwear).

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