FOREFOOT PAIN: Prevention & Treatment

Metatarsal Forefoot Pain Relief

Metatarsal Forefoot Pain Relief

Forefoot pain can be caused by many different disorders. The most common condition is Metatarsalgia. This painful disorder associated with the metatarsal (ball of foot) region of the foot.  Generally, Metatarsalgia is located under the 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads, near the big toe. The ailment affects the bones and joints at the ball of the foot.

Excessive pressure over a long period of time causes the affected area to become inflamed and painful. The pain is usually recurrent or chronic and quite acute.  The root cause is often improper fitting shoes, such as those with pointed toes, women’s high heels, and other restrictive type footwear.

Footcare specialists recommend shoes with ample room in the toe box so that the toes are not forced into a cramped environment. Poorly fitted footwear can inhibit walking, running and can lead to severe foot discomfort.



Rest and ice will help decrease swelling and inflammation. Changing to footwear that allows for free movement in the toe area will relieve undue stress on the forefoot. A good quality pair of Replacement Insoles designed to relieve ball of foot pain, usually featuring a metatarsal pad, will not only help relieve pain from the affected area but will also serve to prevent forefoot disorders from occurring.  Check out our selection of the Best Metatarsal Insoles Today!

Orthotic Arch Support Insoles constructed with a pad placed behind the ball of foot will relieve pressure and help properly distribute weight. For women, the Spenco For Her Total Support Insoles provide a deep heel cup for maximum cushioning, orthotic arch support and a metatarsal pad to relieve pain and offload pressure on the metatarsal heads. The Spenco For Her Cushioning Replacement Insoles provide Heel and Forefoot cushioning using a Q Factor design to allow for the difference in hip ankles, unique to women.

Pedag Comfort Leather Insoles

Pedag Comfort Leather Insoles

Now if your just looking for a Ball of Foot Cushioning Pad to relive the pain versus a full shoe insole,  consider the Spenco Ball of Foot Pads, or for high heels, tight dress shoes, and even sandals -the Apara Gel Steppies and Sandal Softies are ideal.

Wearing properly fitted quality Insoles/Arch Supports along with correctly fitting shoes will offer significant relief from metatarsalgia. For detailed information about Pedag, Sof Sole, and Spenco Insole footcare products or View all our Metatarsal Inserts, visit The Insole Store today!