Metarsalgia is a term that describes forefoot pain, or pain at the balls of your feet. This especially includes the 3 conditions of: Morton’s syndrome, Morton’s neuroma and metatarsal head pain.
This condition is when a person’s big toe is shorter than their second toe, causing the second toe to take on most of the pressure.
There are nerves that run between the long bones in the foot. When these nerves get compressed, they become enlarged and inflamed.
Metatarsal Head Pain
Sometimes the balls of the feet naturally have a higher amount of pressure under them, causing discomfort when standing for longer periods or during activity.
Custom Made Foot Orthotics
Along with the main arch in your foot (medial longitudinal arch) there is an arch that runs around the balls of your feet called the transverse or metatarsal arch. Custom orthotics can act to support both of these arches as they work together during weight bearing.
Custom orthotics can incorporate the following features:
Since footwear is a main cause of metatarsalgia, it is important to find a pair of shoes with appropriate features to relieve pain.
When shopping for shoes, keep an eye out for these features:
If you experience pain under the ball of your foot or numbness in your toes and would like to see how we can help please call 519-787-8111 or visit here to make an appointment.
Laura Van den Borre,