Pain in the ball of the foot is most commonly an inflammation of the joint known as "capsulitis". The joint is often swollen and soreness increases after prolonged walking or exercise. The joints in the front of the foot take a tremendous amount of pressure during the push-off phase of running thus it is very common in runners. These can progress to tears in the soft tissue or "plantar plate" and even dislocations in the toes. Therefore this condition should be treated before it progresses. Another reason to have an x-ray at the onset of pain is the possibility of a stress fracture. So if ball of foot pain is slowing you down, call us today for an appointment.