The clicking you feel in the ball of your foot may not just be that from the joints!  People who suffer from a condition called a neuroma may often feel a clicking sensation between the bones in the ball of the foot.  This clicking is sometimes associated with pain in the ball of the foot or even burning/tingling or sharp-shooting pains into the toes.  Neuromas can often be treated successfully with conservative treatment, but this is most successful if treated quickly after the onset of symptoms. 

A couple things to try before your visit - 1.) Wear supportive shoes at all times for a few days, 2.) Ice the area of your foot that click/hurts, for 10 minutes a few times each day, 3.) Avoid high heels and shoes with a narrow toebox (ie. refer to #1!)

If the clicking and/or pain does not resolve in a week or two, schedule a visit for an evaluation!  Our doctors will evaluate you and help you to fully understand your condition and recommended treatments.

2 Comments
Hi Jay, Clicking is often a result of soft tissue such as an inflamed nerve or a tendon that is catching over a bony prominence. The best thing to start with is an evaluation to see where this clicking is coming from and an x-ray to make sure nothing is wrong with the underlying bone structure. I'd recommend an appointment with a nearby podiatrist especially if this is painful! Hope this helps and that your foot is better soon! Dr. Doyle
by Dr. Doyle May 7, 2019 at 11:10 AM
I have discomfort on the ball (of the bottom) of my left foot. Now, every time I take a step, when I lift my heel, there is a clicking on the ball of my foot, towards the left side. What can I do? Why is this happening?
by Jay Brown April 30, 2019 at 06:51 PM
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