What is metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia is a general term for pain in the metatarsal area of the foot, more commonly known as “the ball of the foot.” The metatarsal bones are the ones that connect each toe to the arch of the foot, and when one or more of these joints gets inflamed, the resulting pain is called metatarsalgia.
How is metatarsalgia caused?
One of the main causes of metatarsalgia is increased pressure from improperly fitting footwear. The foot, especially the metatarsals where the foot is widest, needs a lot of room to function at its best and have a wide range of motion. When shoes are too tight and restrictive, the pressure on the joints becomes too much, the joints get inflamed, and then there’s pain. Common culprits are dress shoes, especially high heels.
If you have pain in the bottom of your foot or in the joints that make up the widest spread of your foot at the base of your toes, you may be suffering from metatarsalgia.
How can metatarsalgia be treated?
The key to treating metatarsalgia is identifying the cause of it. In most cases, footwear triggers metatarsalgia pain, and if this is you, then the shoes you are wearing need to change. Set aside the tight or pain-inducing shoes for a time and wear roomy shoes with a wide toe box to give your feet the room they need to work properly.
Find pain relief with insoles for metatarsalgia
Another way to expedite metatarsalgia relief and to prevent it from cropping up in the future is to wear insoles that feature metatarsal support. Metatarsal support often looks like a “bump” or a raised area that goes long-ways along the center of the insole. This raised support works to redistribute the weight across the ball of the foot, relieving pressure on painful joints and providing balance and relief to the whole metatarsal area.
We are pleased to offer several insoles with metatarsal support, which are some of the best insoles for metatarsalgia pain. Learn more about the condition at our Metatarsalgia Page, and find some of our favorites there as well.
Please note that this article is not intended to replace the role of medical advice or diagnosis, but rather to provide information for you. If you are experiencing significant pain, consult your doctor.