Pain and inflammation at the ball of the foot (known as the metatarsal) is referred to as metatarsalgia. This type of foot condition is most prevalent in people who participate in sports or activities that involve running or jumping. Ill-fitting shoes can also be a cause of metatarsalgia.
Symptoms typically associated with metatarsalgia are: sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of the foot (the part of the sole just behind the toes); pain that worsens when standing, walking, running or flexing the feet; sharp or shooting pain, numbness or tingling in the toes; and the feeling of having a pebble in your shoe. These symptoms can be brought on by a number of different factors such as: intense training or activity related to a high impact sport (runners are extremely vulnerable to this condition); having a high arch (which puts extra pressure on the metatarsals); foot deformities such as hammertoe and bunions; excess body weight which puts increased pressure on the metatarsals and poorly fitted shoes (such as heels or shoes with narrow toes, or shoes that aren’t well padded); and suffering from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ can remedy this problem through the use of the Barefoot Science insoles. Our insoles feature a dome contour that help to open up the affected area through gentle pressure thus reducing pain. Remedies to aid the pain of metatarsalgia include: resting and elevating the feet after prolonged periods of standing or walking; icing the affected area; taking anti-inflammatory medication; and the use of arch supports or metatarsal pads.
The BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ System encourages the foot to work, increasing circulation and making the muscles stronger. The insoles also help with shock absorption and arch support helping to minimize problems with metatarsalgia.