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You're busy rushing down the street, and it feels like there's a stone in your shoe, but when you check, nothing's there. Right underneath your big toe, there's a sore spot, and it keeps getting more painful. Metatarsalgia is a common disorder that makes the ball of your foot sore. It often develops after long periods of walking or running when you place pressure on the ball of your foot.

Unsupportive footwear with insufficient padding and wearing shoes that are too small worsen metatarsalgia. Running and other sports also put a tremendous amount of pressure on your feet can cause metatarsalgia.

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1. Burning Sensation

If you don't know why the ball of your foot feels like a fireplace, this is a classic symptom of metatarsalgia. Pain radiates like heat from your foot after activity, such as walking or other sports that exert pressure on your foot. The best option to deal with this is to rest your feet and add padding to your shoes. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide short-term relief, but you should visit a doctor if the pain becomes unbearable.

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