This is referred to as pain around the ball of the foot. There are many causes to ball of foot pain, from collapsed metatarsal head, reduced forefoot padding, arthritic and joint pathologies to the most common condition known as “Morton’s Neuroma”
It involves numbness between the toes, usually in the 3rd. and 4th intermetatarsal space but can also occur in any other intermetatarsal space.
It is caused by the intermetatarsal plantar nerve becoming entrapped, with relief coming only when footwear is removed.