Walking in high heels is one of the most notorious ways to induce ball of foot pain. High heels alter the body’s posture during walking, resulting in more pressure per square inch on the balls of the feet. This is why women often complain about foot pain. Men can get pain in the ball of the feet, too. Men often suffer from ball of feet pain from wearing broken down shoes which later leads to Morton’s Neuroma. Morton’s Neuroma is the compression of the small nerves on the ball of foot area during daily activities such as walking and running.
Whenever you suffer from any type of nerve compression, you can expect pain, and a lot of it. The nerves in our bodies are the seat of our ability to sense. Common examples of nerve compression include sciatica pain where the sciatica nerve is compressed, herniated disk pain where the disk of the spine is bulging causing compression on a spinal nerve.
The first thing to do is to relieve the ball of foot area by reducing the amount of pressure applied to the area. The best way to do that is with metatarsal inserts. Metatarsal inserts are orthopedic devices that go inside your shoes. The word metatarsal refers to the long bones of the feet just before the toes. Metatarsal inserts relieve the pressure on the metatarsals. Excessive pressure can cause inflammation area of the metatarsals leading to pressure on the nerves between the toes. There are several ways to treat ball-of-foot pain with metatarsal inserts. Fortunately we have you covered! We offer cushioned pads, full length insoles with a built in metatarsal pad, and gel inserts.