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Forefoot Pain

There are many common ailments, injuries, and conditions relevant to the forefoot.

Forefoot problems can severely compromise athletes and active patients such as stress fractures and soft tissue injuries such as a plantar plate tear.

Common problems that are far more significant in the ‘weekend warrior’ include corns, calluses, and nail problems.

How is forefoot pain diagnosed?

Our clinicians look at a detailed patient history, including time, course and foot mechanics to determine an accurate diagnosis. We combine this with careful foot palpation and a biomechanical examination to understand the limitations of movement and pain, and detect factors that may have led to the injury.

Most causes of forefoot pain result from training errors, but occasionally, acute forefoot pain may result from a sprain of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (‘turf toe’). Neurological symptoms may indicate that a neuroma is present.

Identifying the precise location of the forefoot pain origin, coupled with a biomechanical examination helps to identify the best treatment plan and management strategies to resolve forefoot pain.

Preventative-care specialists

Our highly skilled and experienced clinical team are experts in preventative care, treatment, and rehabilitation for forefoot pain. We know every person is individual – so we specialise our plans to work for your individual needs.

Learn about condition symptoms, non-operative and surgical treatment options, risks and complications, recovery times, and much more. Please keep in mind that treatment methods and outcomes vary from patient to patient.

Common injuries and conditions

  • Metatarsal fractures

  • First MTP joint sprain (‘turf toe’)

  • Sesamoid injuries

  • Plantar plate tears

  • Morton’s Neuroma

  • Bursitis

  • Corns, Calluses


Treatment options available to patients include:

  • Manual therapy

  • Strapping

  • Orthotic therapy

  • Exercise prescription

  • Bracing and moonboots

  • Footwear advice

  • Onward referrals (as required)

Contact us to find out how we can help with your forefoot pain.