Ball Of Foot Pain
Ball of foot pain (Metatarsalgia)
What is it? A burning pain usually located under the 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads. Sometimes people describe a feeling like 'walking on pebbles'.
What causes it? The foot rolling inward too much (overpronation), ill fitting shoes or ladies high heeled shoes.
What is the Treatment? Biomechanical research has shown that if the pain occurs in normal well fitting shoes, the cause is over pronation. This is the collapsing of the arches and rolling inward of the ankles. Wearing foot orthotics (insoles) can be very effective in relieving this pain. Often insoles will have a small dome or pad, but in our experience most people find that this increases the 'walking on pebbles' pain and we prefer either Bespoke Orthotics, with the appropriate padding or the Precision Black ready made orthotic. Both of these options provide a superior control to the mid part of the foot and takes the pressure away from the painful area.