Ball Of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) Information & Treatment

Ball of foot pain, more commonly known as metatarsalgia, is a 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. This discomfort is frequently brought on by wearing improper fitting footwear. Other causes include arthritis, diabetes, which can cause nerve-type pain in the foot, calluses or skin lesions that force the weight on the foot be unevenly distributed. Additional causes include sports that place tremendous pounding on the ball of the foot and shoes with small toe boxes that cramp your toes like dress shoes with pointed toes or high heels

RECOMMENDATIONS: Add metatarsal pads to your shoes to spread the weight. Use shoe insoles or inserts to help spread your weight more equally across the entire bottom of your foot. has a few different solutions including gel pads that are especially good at absorbing shock and toe crests the offer large, flat rests for where your toes meet the balls of your feet.

SHOE RECOMMENDATIONS: Wear shoes with wide toe boxes and multiple insoles to increase or decrease the box space. We recommend the following brands: Aravon, Brooks, Comfortrite, Darco GentleStep, Drew, Dunham, Finn Comfort, Naot, New Balance, Orthofeet, P.W. Minor, Sanita, and Softwalk. offers a selection of walking shoes, running shoes, professional shoes, sandals and clogs with features that offer arthritic pain relief. Many of these shoes have either recessed insoles or removable insoles to accommodate customer orthotics.