Ball of Foot Pain

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Metatarsalgia is a general term used to denote a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region of the foot (the area just before the toes, more commonly referred to as the ball of the foot). This is a common foot disorder that can affect the bones and joints at the soles of the feet. Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain) is often located under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsal heads, or more isolated at the first metatarsal head (near the big toe).

Metatarsalgia causes pain in the ball of your foot that can be made worse by walking, running or even standing. Some people have described the pain as feeling like they are walking on pebbles. Others feel a more of a general ache. This condition can affect occur in one or both feet. In some people the pain is felt under the first metatarsal others feel pain under all of them.
Metatarsalgia usually comes on gradually over some weeks rather than suddenly. The affected area of your foot may also feel tender when you presses on it.

This condition can cause a variety of different soft tissue and bone complaints which may result in severe pain to the patient. The primary cause of metatarsalgia is over pronation. Other causes of this condition are overuse, wearing high heels and being over eight. If you have an existing foot condition such as bunions, hammer toes or have had surgery in the past, all of these can cause Metatarsalgia . However help is at hand with the use of insoles. The orthotic insole controls the movement of the foot.



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Orthotic Proof Sources and Safety Data.

The use of foot orthotics has been researched and tested by leading institutions around the world, and is widely accepted in the medical community. Foot orthotics/ foot insoles are used in both public and private hospitals and clinics.

Clinical studies and field research verify the value of orthotics in preventing and treating arch pain while improving the structural integrity of the ligaments and muscles around the ankle. Flexible orthotics control foot motion without restricting function and creating compensatory movement in other structures.


American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

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Journal of Applied Biomechanics


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