Ball of Foot Pain Metatarsalgia

Ball of foot pain, more commonly known as Metatarsalgia, is a very general term to denote a painful condition in the area just before the toes in the metatarsal region of the foot. These bones equally share the weight of a person during walking and daily activities. The most common cause of Metatarsalgia pain is an imbalance in the long bones of the foot and is often caused from improper fitting footwear. Other causes include arthritis and diabetes, which can cause nerve-type pain in the foot and calluses or skin lesions that cause the weight on the foot be unevenly distributed. Sports that place tremendous pounding on the ball of the foot, and shoes with small toe boxes that cramp your toes can also cause ball of foot pain.

Ball of Foot Treatment & Pain Relief:

The good news is that while painful and annoying, Metatarsalgia is generally treatable with conservative measures, particularly once the origin of the problem is identified. Some of the best treatments come from being proactive. Keep body weight at a healthy level, and stick to shoes that fit properly, particularly in the toe area. Pain relievers can provide short-term relief and also adding metatarsal pads to your shoes to spread the weight. Wear shoes with wide toe boxes and multiple insoles to increase or decrease the box space. Use shoe insoles or inserts to help spread your weight more equally across the entire bottom of your foot and it will provide ball of foot pain relief.

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