What causes aching, burning, and numbness from the balls of the feet into the toes? I have been having this 24/7 and it is a very, very severe pain. Thanks for any advice.
Particularly check out something called 'metatarsalgia' and 'Morton's Neuroma'; both cause forefront pain. Metatarsalgia occurs when the bones of the toes press together inflaming the nerve between them.
Notice as well the advice regarding shoes; if you look up and down the foot problems section you'll see alot of advice about wearing wide, comfortable shoes. Women, in particular, often have foot problems because they wear shoes that are poorly designed ergonomically to say the least.
There are a few possibilities. You really need to see a doctor to find out for sure what is causing your foot pain. You might start with your family doctor or try a podiatrist or orthopaedic specialist.
Until you can get in to see a doctor, here are a couple of suggestions that might help you narrow down the possibilities:
• In the article Introduction to Foot Pain, there is a chart that describes different types of foot problems. Look under both "Toe Pain" and "Front-of-the-Foot Pain."
• Try using our Symptom Checker. It does a pretty good job of covering foot problems.
Here are some other links that might be helpful:
Using Tylenol Responsibly
Let’s Talk Pain Meds
What Your Feet Say About Your Health