What Causes Pain The Ball Of The Foot (Metatarsalgia)?

Poorly Fitting Shoes

An individual's metatarsalgia can be caused by their excessive use of poorly fitting shoes. Shoes are meant to support and protect an individual's feet. However, some individuals wear shoes simply due to fashion reasons without considering how well they serve their protective and supportive purposes. Shoes known to cause pain in the ball of the foot include high heeled shoes, shoes with a narrow toe box, and athletic shoes that do not provide enough support and padding for the individual's level of activity. Very narrow shoes can impair the natural and healthy distribution of weight in the feet. Narrow shoes press the metatarsal bones together, which is compounded with inappropriate weight and force distribution to cause an individual to experience pain in the ball of their foot. Due to the nature of gravity, shoes with an elevated heel, like high heels and wedges, cause most of the body weight and force to be placed on the front portion of the foot. Wearing these types of shoes too often can cause an individual to develop metatarsalgia.

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