Ball of Foot Pain or Metatarsalgia
Metatarsalgia Insoles for Ball of Foot Pain
"Metatarsalgia" as it is called in medical terms is pain felt mostly in the ball of your foot. It is especially common in women who wear fashion shoes and high heels. Women who have worn this type of footwear in the past are also prone to this type of foot pain. However, it can also be a problem for men and women who wear regular flat shoes.
This condition is caused by the collapsing of the 'transverse arch' of the foot. This arch runs across the forefoot and is formed by the 5 metatarsal bones. They are much like the fingers in your hand. Due to age, overweight, muscle weakness or tight-fitting shoes with heels the transverse arch will lower substantially, in turn putting pressure on the ball of the foot.
Here at Footlogics we are committed to helping our customers understand more about how the health of their feet impacts their overall wellbeing, not just now but well into the future. Our team of specialists have also developed a range of metatarsalgia insoles that will help to relieve pain located in the ball of the foot, while also working to treat and correct the causes of the issue.
Signs and Symptoms of Metatarsal Foot Pain
- Sharp pain or burning sensation under the balls of the feet
- Pain intensifies as the patient stands, walks or runs
- Pain subsides after resting
- Frequent feeling of a pebble being in their shoe
- Walking barefoot is often the most painful
When it comes to foot health it is important to know what issue each symptom is pointing to. That’s why customers can turn to the Footlogics staff when they are unsure of how to go about treating their foot pain, or what it might mean.
Causes of Metatarsal Foot Pain
Many biomechanical researches show over-pronation to be a very common cause of Metatarsalgia. Our feet have two arches: the longitudinal arch or the ‘instep’ and the transverse arch which runs across our forefoot. Over-pronation happens when the arches of our feet collapse. It causes excess pressure on the metatarsals which severely weakens your forefoot structure resulting in pain in the ball of your foot.
Types of Footwear That Can Cause Metatarsal Foot Pain
High-heeled footwear transfers about 60 to 80% of your body weight forward, onto the balls of your feet. This leads to the dropping of the metatarsals or forefoot bones and weakening of the surrounding ligaments. The whole forefoot structure collapses, which results in excess pressure and friction applied under the ball of your foot. As a result chronic pain will occur. It may occur even years after you have stopped wearing heels.
When you wear inflexible footwear that has little to no cushioning or support inside, you become more prone to this condition. Therefore, it is quite common among policemen, military personnel, security and farming professionals, teachers, and tradesmen, etc.
Body Weight & Its Role in Metatarsal Foot Pain
Being overweight places excessive pressure on your feet. Your feet were 'designed' to carry normal body weight. People who are overweight put enormous pressure on the muscles, joints and ligaments in the foot, in particular the metatarsal bones will suffer and collapse, causing ball of foot pain.
In the case of the potential causes of metatarsal foot pain listed above, there are effective and popular treatments and solutions available. At Footlogics we have more than 15 years of experience in the field of treatment of foot pain in both children and adults. We offer a wide range of superior metatarsalgia insoles and metatarsal orthotics that will assist the user in walking or running without issue.
Treatment with Metatarsal Orthotics
Footlogics offers a range of metatarsal orthotics to help relieve pain in the ball of your feet:
Footlogics 'Metatarsalgia' Insoles
These 3/4 length orthotics have a built-in metatarsal pad to lift the metatarsal bones and support the transverse arch. This will greatly reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot and provide long-term relief. The 3/4 length means it can fit into slip-on shoes and shoes with less room in the forefoot.
Our metatarsalgia insoles provide maximum support and comfort and are designed to last, meaning they will keep working to keep your feet happy and healthy.
Footlogics 'Meta Full-length'
The Full-length Meta is very similar to our Metatarsalgia insole. It also features a metatarsal raise to lift the transverse arch. The only difference is that this is a full-length orthotic, making it more suitable for joggers, lace-up shoes, work boots etc.
Footlogics 'Versa' Insoles
This orthotic is developed by podiatrists to fit perfectly into narrow women's fashion shoes with a flat, low or medium heel height. These insoles work by restoring the biomechanical balance within and supporting both the longitudinal and transverse arches of the foot. This way your weight is more evenly distributed on your joints. A reduction in excessive pressure reduces the overall friction in the ball of your foot.
This orthotic features a mild metatarsal raise (lower compared to the above three models) and is recommended for sports and running.
Other Treatment Options for Metatarsal Foot Pain
- Wearing wide fitting footwear
Contact the Footlogics team today to learn more about how our available metatarsalgia insoles and metatarsal orthotics can help to alleviate the causes of metatarsalgia foot pain.