Forefoot and Toe Conditions

Forefoot and toe conditions are some of the most common conditions that we see at Hurst Podiatry Melbourne.

This is because, though it looks like there isn’t much to the forefoot and toes, this part of the foot is very busy, with 14 bones in the toes, along with dozens of small ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

This means that there are a lot of issues that can trip you up! But here at Hurst Podiatry, we’re here to make sure your forefoot or toe conditions are taken care of with our expert podiatry services in Melbourne’s East.

Causes of Forefoot and Toe Pain

Injuries can occur in the forefoot and toes for a lot of different reasons and can affect people of all ages.

Common causes of toe and forefoot pain include acute injuries such as tripping, knocking your toe, or dropping something on it. Other causes of pain and discomfort in the forefoot and toe area may be more gradual, like arthritis, overuse injuries, and even bad footwear choices.

Whatever your forefoot or toe concern, we will work out what it is, why you have it, and the best way to help you recover from it.

Our podiatry team is highly experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a number of different toe and forefoot injuries, including:

  • Osteo arthritis
  • Chilblains
  • Clawed and hammertoes
  • HAV (bunions)
  • Hammer toes and claw toes
  • Morton’s neuromas
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar plate tears
  • Gout
  • Plantar plate ligament tears
  • Ganglions and myxoid cysts
  • Turf toe
  • Bunionettes (Taylor’s bunions)
  • Hallux limitus and rigidus
  • Turf toe
  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Stress fractures



These are just some of the conditions that can affect your forefeet and/or toes – all of which our highly experienced podiatrists can help you to recover from.

How We Can Help You at Hurst Podiatry

If you are experiencing pain in your forefoot or toes in Melbourne’s East, book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry. Call 03 5901 2216 or book online here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Forefoot and Toe Conditions

  • What are the symptoms of forefoot and toe problems?

    This depends on the condition you are experiencing but some of the things you might begin to feel when you are suffering forefoot symptoms are

    • Burning pain
    • Dull aches
    • Pain after periods of rest
    • Cramping
    • Worsening pain with activity or exercise
    • Sharp shooting pains
    • Stiffness
    • Feeling like you are walking on a lump or stone
    • Bruised feeling
  • How are toe and/or forefoot conditions treated?

    This will we be dictated by the condition you are experiencing some of the treatments that are used for routinely at out clinic for forefoot conditions are:

    • Dry needling
    • Shockwave treatment
    • Moon boot therapy
    • K laser therapy
    • Footwear modification
    • Orthotics
    • Custom rehabilitation programs
    • Manual conservative therapy
    • Strapping and padding
  • What are the most common reasons the ball of my foot hurts?

    The ball of your foot is quite a complicated piece of anatomy and there’s a number of reasons it can become painful.

    Some of the most common reasons for ball of foot pain include stress fractures, bursitis, a Morton’s neuroma, or arthritis.

    If the ball of your foot is sore, there’s no need to put up with it.

    The first thing to do is to work out what the problem is and that’s where a podiatrist can step in and help you find the answer.

  • When should I see a podiatrist for a sore toe?

    Podiatrists are highly trained experts in lower limb injuries, especially foot and ankle concerns.

    Very often toe injuries can be improved or totally resolved easily with help from a podiatrist.

    We can find the cause of your toe pain, and work with you to find the best treatment possible.

    So, if you have a sore toe, we suggest don’t put off seeing a podiatrist – get help today.

  • Will I need surgery for my bunion?

    Bunions vary in their severity, so depending on how bad the bunion is, as well as your lifestyle, surgery is often not required to treat this condition.

    In most cases there are more simple solutions available to treat bunions, including using changes of shoes, protective pads and braces or orthotics, to stop the bunion deteriorating further over time.

    In more severe cases though we can help by organising an X-ray to assess the severity of the bunion and then help decide if a surgical opinion is warranted.

    If surgery is the best treatment option for you, we will help you get the best treatment possible.

  • I’ve started getting pain since I began running, what could it be?

    Exercise is great for us for so many reasons. However, it’s important to be careful about the type of exercise we do, as well as how much and how hard we exercise – especially when you’re starting out.

    If you’re experiencing pain in the ball of your feet since beginning to exercise you could be experiencing a stress fracture, bursitis, a Morton’s neuroma, or several muscle tendinopathies.

    It’s important to address these issues as soon as they occur as they are likely to deteriorate and become more difficult to fix over time.

  • My hammertoes are causing corns, what can I do?

    Hammer toes and claw toes create a change in the shape of our toes.

    In some cases, this change in shape means the toes can rub on shoes or cause a change in the way pressure is distributed through our feet.

    This can create callouses than can deteriorate into painful corns.

    Painful as they are, corns can be removed carefully and painlessly by a podiatrist, and we can discuss with your ways to prevent them coming back.

    Some of the ways corns may be avoided in the future is by making changes to the kinds of footwear you use, using protective padding or surgical intervention in more severe cases.

  • The ball of my foot hurts what can I do?

    There are heap of answers to this question and they are determined by exactly what the problem is. Generally speaking, though must joint and soft tissue problems can be helped to some degree by a combination of heat to attract blood flow and encourage healing, rubbing in topical anti-inflammatories products like fisiocrem are great and a bit of self-massage or even better from someone else if you can con them into it! There is a lot of condition specific treatment options, but it is best to know what condition you’re dealing with before beginning them.

  • Do I need a referral to come to Hurst Podiatry?

    No, a referral is not required to book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry.

    We’re available to patients of all ages, whether you’ve experienced an injury, you need help taking care of your feet, or you’re experiencing discomfort in your lower limbs, because everyone is welcome here at Hurst Podiatry.

    We have 5 clinic locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth, and Mooroolbark.

    Book today by calling us on (03) 5901 2216 or booking online here.