Metatarsalgia: Treatment Can Be A Simple Step Away

Published: 15th July 2010
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Metatarsalgia is a general term used to denote a painful foot condition in the metatarsal (ball of foot) region of the foot. This is a common foot disorder that can affect the bones and joints at the ball of the foot. Metatarsalgia is often located under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsal heads, or more isolated at the first metatarsal head - near the big toe.

With this common foot condition, one or more of the metatarsal heads become painful and/or inflamed, usually due to excessive pressure over a long period of time. It is common to experience acute, recurrent pain, or chronic pain with metatarsalgia,. Ball of foot pain is often caused from improper fitting footwear, most frequently by women's dress shoes and other restrictive footwear. Footwear with a narrow toe box (toe area) forces the ball of foot area to be forced into a minimal amount of space. This can inhibit the walking process and lead to extreme discomfort in the forefoot.


Unloading pressure from the ball of foot area can be accomplished with a variety of footcare products. Insoles and Orthotics designed to relieve ball of foot pain, usually feature a metatarsal pad. The Orthotic Insole is constructed with the pad placed behind the ball of foot to relieve pressure and redistribute weight. For women, Spenco For Her Total Support Insoles offer cushioning, arch support and a metatarsal pad to relieve pain and offload pressure on the metatarsal heads. The Q Factor Insoles are designed especially for women, taking into account the different hip angle (18 degrees) females have in comparison to the 13 degree hip angle for men.

Other options for relief includes Spenco's Polysorb Total Support Insoles, Orthotic Arch Supports or the Thinsole Orthotic Arch Support. Wearing properly fitted quality Insoles/Arch Supports along with correctly fitting shoes will offer significant relief from metatarsalgia.

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