Ball of Foot pain is not restricted to fashion minded women in tight fitting shoes. Many men and women endure ball of foot pain while wearing ordinary flat shoes. Metatarsalgia is frequently described as a fiery, razor-sharp pain beneath the balls of the feet. At times the pain occurs in the region around the second, third or fourth toes. Typically, the pain worsens when standing, walking or running and improves with rest. Another form of ball of foot pain is the sensation of have a pebble in your shoe. Walking while barefoot is frequently too painful to endure.
There are a number of reasons for ball of foot pain. One reason is an abrupt increase in a sporting activity. Other actions that bring on this pain include long periods of standing or walking in hard shoes and boots. Many occupations use this type of footwear including police, military, security, farming, teaching, tradesmen etc. Carry too much body weight also places undue strain on the feet.
Research into the biomechanics of the feet has shown that the most frequent reason for Metatarsalgia is a condition called over-pronation. Over-pronation is faulty dynamics in the gait causing an inward roll of the ankles. This condition can cause the arch to collapse.
To best comprehend the experience of excessive pronation let’s review the anatomy of the human foot.