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Pain in ball of foot (Metatarsalgia)

Metatarsalgia is a symptom whereby you feel pain in the ball of your feet - usually just under the four smaller toes.

The metatarsals are the long bones of the foot that link the smaller bones of the lesser tarsus to the bones of the toes. The term metatarsalgia means metatarsal pain (algia). There are many conditions that can cause metatarsalgia, and because of this we will concentrate on the most common and touch lightly on the rare ones.

If you have pain in the forefoot, particularly on the bottom of the forefoot (often called the balls of the feet), there is a very good chance that you have metatarsalgia. Does the pain feel like any of the following:

  • Like having a stone in the shoe when weight bearing on the forefoot
  • Deep ache in the forefoot on walking
  • Sharp pain pushing up onto your forefoot
  • Radiating pain or numbness in the forefoot during exercise



Is the pain worse:

  • When you stand on hard floors?
  • When you wear high heels?
  • When you wear thin-soled shoes?
  • When you rise up on your toes?

If yes, it's likely you may have metatarsalgia.

The first step in treating metatarsalgia and ball of feet pain is always to look at your shoes - are they correctly fitting and supportive?

Next consider support in your shoe - a Pressure Perfect insole will help better distribute forces across your foot rather than just onto the ball of your foot, which will significantly relieve some of the pain. At work or formal events, the 9-5 All Day and 9-5 Heels Insoles may fit your shoes better.

Finally improving your own feet's support system will also help - try foot strengthening exercises using therapy balls and therapy bands.

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