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There are two possibilities for Pain in the Ball of the Foot in Second Toe:
Second toe pain is one of the most common sites of foot pain because anatomically this is the site of the longest and most rigid bone in the forefoot. It is the most common site for ball of the foot pain because as you can see in the X-ray, the 2nd metatarsal is the longest of the metatarsals and as you lean forward on your forefoot, most of the weight will be absorbed into the second toe joint leading to pain. Thus, the second toe joint is the most likely spot for ball of the foot pain, stress fractures, corns, calluses, pre-dislocation syndrome and crossing toes.
If the pain is more at the base of the joint of the toe (where the toe comes out of your foot), then you must consider for the possibility of ball of the foot problems rather than just toe itself. It is probably difficult to diagnose this by yourself, but try and feet around at the bottom of your foot to see if the pain is coming more from this region rather than the actual toe itself.
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