Many people experience pain in the ball of the foot. Although there are several conditions that can cause pain in the ball of the foot, one of the most common causes is capsulitis. Capsulitis in when the soft tissue surrounding a joint becomes inflamed. This causes pain at localized areas under the ball of the foot or around the toes. Pain is usually described as sharp, aching or throbbing pain. It is not usually associated tingling or numbness. Long periods of walking or standing as well as exercise activities can elicit pain with capsulitis. Once the activity is stopped or you are able to rest, the pain may temporarily resolve. Certain foot types or conditions are more prone to developing capsulitis. People with a high arch or flat foot displace pressure unevenly to the bottom of the foot and makes them more susceptible to capsulitis. Also conditions such as arthritis, bunion or hammertoes can increase the susceptibility to develop capsulitis. If you are experiencing pain in the ball of the foot, call MSFAS at 901-309-7700, for an appointment with our doctors for treatment options. Treatment can include use of custom inserts for your shoes, use of anti-inflammatories, or a series of injections, and/or surgery. Don’t ignore your foot pain…heal it!