Ball of foot pain refers to discomfort or pain experienced in the area between the toes and the arch of the foot, known as the metatarsal region or the ball of the foot. This type of pain can be caused by various factors and conditions and can significantly impact a person's ability to walk, stand, or engage in physical activities. Some common causes of ball of foot pain include:


This is a general term for pain and inflammation in the metatarsal region, often caused by excessive pressure, overuse, or ill-fitting footwear.

Morton's Neuroma

A thickening of the tissue around the nerves leading to the toes, which can cause sharp or burning pain in the ball of the foot.

Metatarsal Stress Fracture

Repetitive stress or trauma can lead to small fractures in the metatarsal bones, causing pain and tenderness.


Inflammation of the sesamoid bones, small bones beneath the big toe joint, leading to pain in the ball of the foot.


Inflammation of the ligaments surrounding the metatarsal heads, often caused by excessive pressure or strain.

Freiberg's Disease

A condition in which the blood supply to the metatarsal head is disrupted, resulting in pain and potential joint damage.


Inflammatory arthritis can affect the joints in the ball of the foot, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Metatarsophalangeal (MTP) Joint Sprain

A sprain or injury to the joint connecting the metatarsal bones to the toes.

Calluses and Corns

Thickened skin on the ball of the foot can cause pain and discomfort.

Treating Ball of Foot Pain

The treatment for ball of foot pain depends on the underlying cause. It may include rest, ice, elevation, and over-the-counter pain medications for mild cases. Properly fitting footwear with good arch support and cushioning can help relieve pressure on the area.

In more severe or persistent cases, medical evaluation is necessary to determine the specific cause and guide appropriate treatment. This may include orthotic devices, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or, in rare cases, surgical intervention.

Individuals experiencing ball of foot pain should seek medical attention to receive a proper diagnosis and appropriate management. Early intervention can help prevent further complications and improve the quality of life for those affected by this condition.

KT Tape for Ball of Foot Pain Video Summary

This may be any pain of the forefoot, just before the toes. Some causes may be overuse, leading to inflammation, excessive running on hard surfaces, poor fitting or worn shoes, weight gain, or nerve issues. KT Tape helps treat this condition by reducing pressure over the painful area.

For this application, we're going to actually go ahead and cross your leg, and we're going to actually take our first piece of tape, and we're going to fold that in half. What we're going to do is cut rounded corners on the folded end to produce two smaller pieces of tape. The reason why we cut rounded corners is so that the corners do not get caught on clothing or socks, or things like that. So for this first part, we're going to twist and tear the backer paper on the tape, peeling that back. You're going to grab the tape with your thumbs and apply nice even pressure. We're going to apply this at eighty percent stretch just behind the toes. Applying this down, and as we apply those ends down, we're going to slightly curve the tape up towards the ankle. And we're applying these anchors with absolutely no stretch on those.

Great, we're going to rub that on there a little bit. For our second piece, twist and tear the backer paper, peeling that paper back, and we're going to just handle the tape, just holding on to the paper, avoiding touching the adhesive part of the tape. We're going to apply this piece just behind, and slightly overlapping that first piece with eighty percent stretch, and then we're going to lay the anchors down on the ends with absolutely no stretch. So just taking that paper off and just laying that right down. Okay, and for our last strip, we're going to tear a full strip off the roll. We're going to twist and tear the backer paper down near the end of the tape, down near the logo, creating an anchor point.

We're going to place the foot so that the toes are in a little bit of extension, so pulling back on those toes. We're going to place that anchor with absolutely no stretch just behind the toes, and then we're going to peel the paper backing off, leaving a little bit on the end to hang on to so you don't touch the adhesive part of the tape. We're going to pull that tape back with about fifty percent stretch on this. So we're going to lay that down right over the heel, and up behind the heel, and then the very end of the tape we're going to take that paper off with absolutely no tension on the end, and just lay that down, and now for the part that's bowstringing over the arch, you're going to just tap that straight down to the arch, and then just rub that on there. Great, we'll get a little friction and a little heat. That creates adhesion to the skin. 


  • The video demonstrates the application of KT Tape for the ball of the foot to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by various factors.
  • Causes of forefoot pain include overuse, running on hard surfaces, ill-fitting shoes, weight gain, or nerve issues.
  • The tape is applied with 80% stretch just behind the toes, curving it slightly towards the ankle, and securing the ends without stretch.
  • A second piece of tape is applied behind and slightly overlapping the first piece with 80% stretch, using anchors with no stretch.
  • A final strip of tape is applied with 50% stretch, starting just behind the toes, going over the heel, and ending with no tension, providing support to the arch. Clean skin and proper complementary treatments are advised, and medical attention is recommended for severe symptoms.