This is Dr. David
pain under the ball of the toe is more likely to be bursitis or from a bunion or bone spur or gout or arthritis in the toe joint.
if you have tight shoes or shoes which are not fitting properly, this can also cause toe pain as well.
you are right that plantar fasciitis is more often in the sore and heal of the foot pain.
I am glad you are trying to ice your toes and elevate your feet.
are you wearing supportive hiking shoes for these hikes?
talking shoes probably wasn't enough support and flexability.
trainers would have been a bit better.
could be strain from the hike or arthritis in the toe, inflammation of the joints after a long hike.
ice is a good idea.
also you can use anti-inflammatories
like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium
which could help the pain and inflammation
elevation is good to help decrease swelling.
put ice in a zip bag and wrap in towel and try to ice for 20-30 minutes 4-6 times a day
and this can help as well.
you are welcome
I hope your toes feel better.
you can try that
with some food in your stomach
and with plenty of water.
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use your trainers next time.
thick supportive hiking socks.
no more talking shoes.
for long hikes.
no one best trainers.
have to try on different types to see what works for you.
yes, proper warm up and stretching is important as well