Ball of Foot Pain explained

Pain in the ball of the foot (or Metatarsalgia) is a general term used to denote a pain in the 'metatarsal' region of the foot i.e. the area just before the toes, more commonly referred to as the Ball of the Foot.

Metatarsalgia causes chronic pain in the ball of the foot, often descibed by sufferers as having a 'pebble in the shoe' or by other people as a 'burning sensation', often combined with excess callous forming.

Sometimes a tingling sensation is felt between the toes and the pain can be quite severe. This is a more serious condition called Morton's Neuroma.

What causes of Ball of Foot Pain?

Ball of Foot Pain occurs when the metatarsal bones drop and the surrounding ligaments weaken. The forefoot structure collapses, resulting in excess pressure and friction under the ball of the foot.

This foot problem is often related to over-pronation, i.e. rolling inward of the foot and collapsing of the arches. Over-pronation is associated with lowering of the forefoot structure, which leads to pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot.

The human foot has two arches: the Longitudinal arch (your instep) and the Transverse arch. As a result of over-pronation both arches tend to collapse, eventually leading to chronic foot pain.

Wearing tight-fitting, fashion shoes (with a low or high heel) will also lead to pain in the balls of your feet. Please click here to learn more about foot pain in high heels.

Treatment with orthotics

Biomechanical research has shown that the most common cause for ball of foot pain (Metatarsalgia) is over-pronation. i.e the collapsing of the longitudinal and transverse arches. Activities like running, walking or standing for long periods of time, or wearing hard shoes and boots with little support or cushioning can all contribute to ball of foot pain.

Orthotic insoles can be very effective to treat ball of foot pain as they will provide the necessary biomechanical correction and control over-pronation.

Footlogics Comfort orthotics support the arches and feature a metatarsal raise to support the forefoot structure. In turn, the insoles reduce the pressure and friction in the ball of the foot, thus providing long-term relief from ball of foot pain.

Footlogics Comfort are a full-length orthotic insole, developed by Australian podiatrist. The product is not only sold in Australia, but also in the UK, Germany and Canada.

You can buy Footlogics Comfort from pharmacies across Australia or directly from the Footlogics Australia webshop. Your on-line purchase comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Or you can call us on 1300 788 119 to find out more, or order this product over the phone.

Footlogics Comfort supports the metatarsal bones
Footlogics Comfort - $32.95 per pair
Metatarsalgia and high heels

Footwear with a narrow toe box forces the ball-of-foot area to be forced into a minimal amount of space, squeezing the bones and ligaments in the forefoot. An estimated 85% of women who wear heels suffer from pain in the ball of the foot!

In addition, wearing (high) heels means most of our bodyweight concentrated in the forefoot, causing excessive pressure in the ball-of-foot area.

Successful treatment of pain the balls of the feet involves reducing the forces placed in the forefoot area. Unloading pressure in the ball of the foot can be accomplished by wearing a simple orthotic insole with a in-built metatarsal support.

Treatment in women's fashion shoes

For women's fashion shoes we recommend Footlogics Catwalk . Developed by Australian podiatrists this thin, flexible orthotic restores the biomechanical balance by supporting the arch, as well as the metatarsals.

This means that bodyweight is distributed more evenly over the entire foot reducing the pressure and friction in the ball of the foot. The result is lasting relief of pain and the burning sensation in the balls of the feet - especially with longer periods of standing or walking.

You can buy Footlogics Catwalk from selected pharmacies or directly from the Footlogics Australia webshop.

Or you can call us on 1300 788 119 to find out more, or order this product over the phone.

Footlogics Catwalk reduces pressure on the ball of the foot, by distributing body weight more evenly
Footlogics Catwalk - $21.95 per pair