Ball-of-foot pain is usually due to excessive pressure in the metatarsal region of the foot. The pressure can be caused by improper fitting footwear, shoes with narrow toe box areas where foot area is squeezed into minimal space, or even from wearing flip flops or high heels. This can inhibit the walking process and lead to extreme discomfort in the forefoot. Excessive pressure over time can result in a condition called metatarsalgia where one or more metatarsals become inflamed.
Aetrex Orthotics are available with built in metatarsal pads to help unload pressure at the metatarsal area while providing the cushioning and shock absorption needed to quickly help relieve the discomfort.