I am the author, Eddie Davis, DPM, a podiatric physician with 23 years of experience. I am a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, class of 1982. I peformed my residency in Podiatric Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital of Washington, DC. I am in private practice in Puyallup, WA, a suburb of Seattle about 18 miles southeast of Seattle and perform podaitric surgery as well as the entire gamut of treatment for all type of foot problems. Make sure you can wiggle your toes. If you can't, the fit is too tight. Also make sure the widest part of your foot is comfortable but secure. Doctors suggest a stretching regimen for the calves be completed twice a day for those who experience foot pain. This helps to relive the tightness in the muscles as well as pain in the foot and the ankle. Putting your feet up higher than your heart along with massaging the feet can help relieve the pain. This is one of those things that makes you not care how you got it, you just want to get rid of it, NOW! But we do need to take a look at what causes Plantar Fasciitis in order to understand how to avoid it's return and find the relief we so desperately seek. This puts a lot of strain on the leg muscles (especially the calf muscles), causing aching legs and shin splints. Also, the twisting of the lower leg displaces the patella (knee cap). The knee is a hinge joint, designed to flex and extend (like a door, if you like). It’s not designed to rotate! Too many shoes these days are using soft materials all-around the shoes and are very ‘floppy’ giving no support or stability whatsoever. In summer, many people wear open footwear such as sandals and flip-flops which are even worse in biomechanical terms. When all else fails, surgical excision is usually recommended. This is an out patient procedure where the entrapped nerve is removed. As with any surgery there are potential complications and your doctor should explain these to you. The two biggest complications are misdiagnosis of the neuroma, the nerve is removed and the patient still has pain. The second, more common complication is not resecting enough of the nerve and being left with what we call a stump neuroma. These can be particularly painful and frustrating for the patient. Calluses are much like corns, but lack the cone center. Excessive rubbing, pressure, or friction from shoes will cause this problem. I couldn't believe what a positive difference the orthotics made. My pain was gone and I was running again. I began using my orthotics in every pair of shoes I wore (even in my ice skates). A few years later my personal experience with orthotics inspired me to consider podiatry as a career. If you are experiencing pain underneath your toes (commonly called the ball of foot) then you might be suffering from Metatarsalgia. This ball of foot pain may be severe or mild, but without a doubt an irritating condition that if not treated can persist to cause future muscle sprains and possible bone injuries.