Pain on the inner side of your leg, right where the calf muscle meets the big shin bone. If the pain is severe, you may have strained this area enough to cause a stress fracture in the tibia. If this is the case you should see a doctor immediately. Also, follow the remedy for flat feet to give your arch a little extra support and ease the burden of your strained shin muscle. In particular, try wearing an arch strapping and a commercial arch support. Anyone can strain a muscle. However, people involved in sports or other forms of strenuous exercise are more likely to strain a muscle. Our feet are an important part of our bodies. Even though they are smaller than the rest of the body baring the hands, our feet take our entire weight. The foot region is made up of 26 bones and 33 joints. There is a layer of 126 intertwining foot muscles, ligaments and nerves. Our feet helps to support our weight, act as a shock absorber, propel us forward and the also maintain our balance on uneven surfaces. There are however times when we get a foot pain. on the ball of the foot. Any of the below can cause or be factors in the development of metatarsalgia. Hammer toe is a natural deformity in which the 2nd, 3rd or the 4th toe is bent in the middle, resembling a hammer. Although a natural condition, in most of the cases, this condition can also develop on wearing tight fitting shoes for a longer period of time. Pain in any one of the toes, pain on top of foot when walking, foot pain from running, etc. are the symptoms of this condition. A stress fracture is a hairline crack in a bone that can worsen during activity over time. Stress fracture symptoms include pain, which increases with activity and decreases after rest, in addition to swelling and tenderness. The ball of the foot is the portion of the foot between your arch and toes. As you walk, your weight is transferred from your heel to the ball of your foot. If your body weight is not adequately aligned over the ball of your foot, pain and swelling of the area can occur. As we age, we generally lose the fat pad underneath the ball of the foot, causing them abnormal pressure and shock to the area. People with abnormally high arches or people who are overweight may also experience ball of foot pain. Although ball of foot pain is more common in women, it may also affect men. Inflammation and ball of foot pain (metatarsalgia) is a symptom of other conditions ? often overuse injuries from high-impact sports or problems from poorly fitting shoes or high heels. Other possible contributors are excess weight, certain toe shapes, and hammertoes and bunions. I've had osteoarthritis for a very long time and being only 27, it is pretty well-controlled with Mobic and my regular physical therapy/exercise routine. This toe pain is different, though arthritis can cause toe pain. When arthritis is the cause, the big toe is most often affected. Foot pain often starts after a inadequately managed ankle sprain. When you turn your ankle, it's not only ligaments that are sprained. Frequently several muscles are strained, either on the side of the leg and even under the foot, and the small bones in the midfoot are subluxated. Often the talus, or the cuboid, and the calcaneus (heel bone) too may become fixated and in fact any of the ankle and foot bones. It all starts with a thorough examination before any ankle sprain treatment. Prevention! Mobilising the metatarsals, adjusting the toes, and deep stretching and soft tissue therapy of the muscles between and under the metatarsals is extremely effective Pain in the balls of your feet also can be caused by existing stress fractures or a relatively rare situation called Morton's neuroma. If you have pain in the ball of your foot and rest does not relieve the problem or you have ruled out other causes, see your doctor to diagnose the cause correctly. Certain problems may need to be resolved by surgical means and can grow worse if left untreated. Metatarsalgia most often appears after physical activity like running or jumping. In most cases it can be alleviated with rest, icing, elevating the affected foot, and over the counter pain medications. Pain in the ball of the foot (called metatarsalgia) may have many different causes (including arthritis, poor circulation, pinching of the nerves between the toes, posture problems, and various disorders). However, most often the pain is caused by nerve damage or by an abnormality of the joints nearest the balls of the feet (metatarsal joints). Often, developing one disorder that causes pain in the ball of the foot contributes to development of another disorder that causes pain in the same location. If symptoms persist, you may need to wear a removable brace on the leg for four-to-six weeks to give the inflammation time to subside and the bones to heal.