Metatarsalgia Orthotics and Ball of Foot Pain Relief
If you’re a runner, jumper, or just someone who spends a lot of time on their feet, chances are you’ve felt pain or discomfort in the ball of your foot. Metatarsalgia is a condition where the metatarsal bones or the ball of your foot become irritated and inflamed enough to sideline you from your usual activities. Find out more about the common symptoms and causes of metatarsalgia, as well as treatment plans for ball of foot pain relief.
Common Symptoms of Metatarsalgia
Metatarsalgia, or a “stone bruise” has several key symptoms that can range from mild to severe. These symptoms include:
- Aching or burning pain in the ball of the foot near your toes.
- Pain when standing, walking, running, and when putting pressure on your foot.
- Shooting pains in your toes.
- A feeling of having a stone in your shoe that chronically irritates your foot.
Mild pain can occur after a long day on your feet and can go away after some rest. However, it’s recommended that you visit a doctor if your pain is more severe and lasts more than a few days.
Common Causes of Metatarsalgia
The metatarsal bones in your foot connect the toes to your foot, which is why when the metatarsal bones are irritated, you feel pain in your toes. When one metatarsal bone presses against another one, the toe nerves are caught between them and become inflamed and irritated, causing metatarsalgia. This condition is found most commonly in people who are highly active and put a lot of pressure on the balls of their feet from running and jumping. Besides high impact exercises, other common causes include:
- Tight footwear. Wearing high heels often or squeezing your toes into narrow shoes puts pressure on the front of your foot and can lead to ball of foot pain.
- Intense training with worn out active footwear that doesn’t offer the stability and support needed for shock absorption.
- Having a naturally high foot arch that puts extra pressure on the metatarsal bones.
- Foot deformities or other foot conditions like hammertoe and bunions that affects the nerves and bones in the front of your foot.
- Excessive weight that puts more pressure on your feet when moving around.
- Stress fractures or other injuries that cause you to change how much pressure you put on your feet.
Metatarsalgia Treatment Plan
Resting and icing your foot are oftentimes all you need to relieve ball of foot pain. However, for more severe conditions or for pain that just won’t quit, orthotic products may be needed.
The Pinnacle Plus insoles provide maximum cushioning and support, designed with a built-in metatarsal pad to spread and support the metatarsal heads and get rid of pain. These insoles are ideal for metatarsalgia, alleviating pain caused by the condition and other foot conditions that put pressure on the front of your foot and toes.
The FlexiArch ¾ insoles are designed with a metatarsal foot arch support that spreads the metatarsal heads and repositions them to alleviate pain associated with metatarsalgia. These insoles are ideal if you’d prefer a shorter insole in your casual or business shoes.
These ball of foot cushions are self-adhesive foam pads placed directly under your metatarsals to reduce pain from metatarsalgia. They are designed to relieve pressure from the metatarsal heads, so you can walk and move around without ball of foot pain.
As the name suggests, these foot pads are designed to combat pain caused by metatarsalgia. They are ideal for heels or dress shoes, providing comfort to the ball of your foot by transferring weight away from the metatarsals to relieve pinched nerves.
If rest and orthotic solutions don’t relieve pain and discomfort from metatarsalgia, talk to your doctor the best treatment plan for your condition.