Pain in the ball of the foot?
Jun 14, 2018
Pain in the ball of your foot?
The fancy name for this is metatarsalgia. It’s a general term but can have several different causes such as:
- Poor fitting shoes
- Excess body weight
- Repetitive or high intensity activity that places a lot of load on your forefoot (think running or jumping)
- Trauma / injury to the forefoot
- Thinning (or atrophy) of the fat pad under the joints (“knuckles”) at the ball of the foot
- Forefoot deformities such as bunions, claw or hammer toes
- Foot structure such as high arches
What can you do?
- Wear properly fitted supportive footwear, including low heels, with cushioning in the forefoot and adequate toe room
- Try to lose weight if this is a contributing factor
- Reduce, change or avoid the activity that causes the pain
- Wear a supportive sandal or shoes inside the home, especially on hard flooring
Still not getting relief? Consider consulting a Canadian Certified Pedorthist at Pedorthics London who will assess your feet and biomechanics and provide treatment options such as off-the-shelf or custom orthotics, footwear modification and/or exercises to improve foot function.