Metatarsalgia (Ball of Foot Pain)
Ball of Foot Pain is Often Caused by Wearing High Heels
or Long Periods Standing Without Proper Support
Pain under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) is a common complaint with women wearing high-heeled shoes, as well as men wearing work boots or other hard shoes while standing for long periods. Pain in this area of the foot may also occur when wearing hard shoes without any cushioning inside, such as work boots.
What causes Ball of Foot Pain?
Ball of Foot Pain occurs frequently when wearing high-heeled shoes, which cause our weight to be unevenly distributed across our feet, putting undue pressure on the metatarsals (forefoot bones). As a result, these bones drop, the surrounding ligaments weaken, and the entire forefoot structure collapses. This in turn leads to excess pressure and friction under the ball of the foot. The key reason for this problem is that when wearing high heels, most of our body weight is resting on the forefoot area.
Footminders® Catwalk Orthotics Relieve Pressure on the Forefoot When Wearing High Heels
Footminders Catwalk Orthotics were especially designed to support the foot arches in just the right places to relieve the excess pressure on the forefoot caused by wearing high-heeled shoes.
Ball of Foot Pain with Normal Shoes
Ball of Foot pain can also occur when wearing normal footwear, especially during long walks or standing for longer periods of time. This type of ball-of-foot pain can be treated with a full-length orthotic such as podiatry-designed Footminders Comfort, which features a metatarsal raise to help alleviate the pressure and friction in the ball of the foot.
Metatarsalgia is often described as a burning sensation in the ball of the foot, often combined with excess callous forming. The pain worsens when wearing high heels or tight fashion shoes for longer periods of time.
Treatment and relief
For high heel wearers there’s now a great new product on the market called Footminders Catwalk. Footminders Catwalk Orthotic Insoles restore biomechanical balance by supporting the arch, as well as the metatarsal bones.
This means that your bodyweight is distributed more evenly over the entire foot, instead of just on the forefoot. In turn, Catwalk insoles prevent excessive pressure and friction in the ball of the foot. As a result there’s a reduction of foot pain and the associated burning sensation – especially with longer periods of standing or walking.