Understanding Foot Pain: Ball of Foot Pain
If your body weight is not adequately aligned over the ball of your foot, pain and swelling of the area can occur...
Ball of Foot Pain
Pain under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) is a common complaint with people who wear shoes with poor cushioning and inadequate support. This includes men wearing work boots, women wearing high-heeled shoes, or other hard shoes while standing for long periods of time. Most metatarsal problems come with changes and breakdown of your feet that lead to biomechanical deficiencies creating improper weight distribution and fat pad atrophy on the ball of your feet.
What causes Ball of Foot Pain?
Ball of Foot Pain occurs frequently when wearing shoes with poor cushioning and inadequate support, 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 long 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.
Medical studies on foot pain found that a combination of stretching exercises and wearing orthotic shoe inserts is the most effective way of dealing with arch pain. This treatment regime is also very effective for the treatment of heel pain.
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.
Did You Know?
Common problems in the ball of your foot: Metatarsagia, neuromas, Morton’s toe, and callous formations.
Orthotics support and cushion your feet to restore proper biomechanics and better weight distribution to help eliminate pain on the balls of your feet.
Injury or congenital and acquired biomechanical deficiencies lead to micro-tears and shearing of the tendon anywhere along the tendon path but most commonly at the back of the heel.