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 of time. 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.
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, podiatry-designed custom made orthotic, 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.