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Metatarsalgia Orthotics - A Guide

Metatarsalgia Orthotics / Insoles - A Guide by Pedors Shoes

What is Metatarsalgia? 

Metatarsalgia is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, specifically in the metatarsal region. The metatarsals are the long bones in the middle of the foot that connect the toes to the midfoot. Metatarsalgia is often associated with increased pressure or overuse of the metatarsal heads, leading to discomfort and pain.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

Excessive Pressure or Weight Bearing

Activities that involve prolonged standing, walking, or running can place excessive pressure on the metatarsal heads, leading to irritation and inflammation.

Foot Deformities

Conditions such as hammertoes, bunions, or a high arch can contribute to metatarsalgia by altering the distribution of weight on the forefoot.


Ill-fitting shoes, especially those with a narrow toe box or high heels, can increase pressure on the metatarsal region and contribute to metatarsalgia.

High-Impact Activities

Engaging in high-impact activities, such as running or jumping, can strain the metatarsals and lead to metatarsalgia.


The natural aging process can result in the thinning of the fat pad on the soles of the feet, reducing their ability to absorb shock and increasing the risk of metatarsal pain.

Foot Trauma

Injuries to the foot, such as stress fractures or blunt trauma, can contribute to metatarsalgia

Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, a thickening of the tissue around a nerve between the toes, can cause metatarsalgia-like symptoms.

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

The primary symptom of metatarsalgia is pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot, typically under the heads of the metatarsal bones. The pain may be described as:

• Aching or burning

• Sharp or shooting

• Like walking on a pebble or a lump

The discomfort may worsen with weight-bearing activities and may be alleviated with rest.

Treatment of Metatarsalgia

• Footwear Modification

Wearing shoes with a wide toe box, good arch support, and cushioning can help reduce pressure on the metatarsal heads.

• Orthotic Inserts

Custom or over-the-counter orthotic inserts can provide additional support and cushioning to distribute pressure evenly across the foot.

• Rest and Ice

Resting the foot and applying ice can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

• Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to manage pain and inflammation

• Padding or Metatarsal Supports

Pads or metatarsal supports placed in the shoes can help offload pressure from the affected area

• Physical Therapy

Stretching and strengthening exercises prescribed by a physical therapist can improve foot function and reduce symptoms

• Corticosteroid Injections

In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation.

• Changes in Activity

Modifying or avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms, especially high-impact activities, may be necessary.

It's important for individuals experiencing persistent or severe metatarsalgia symptoms to seek professional medical advice. A healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist, can conduct a thorough examination, identify the underlying cause, and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Genext Orthotics For Ball Of Foot Pain / Metatarsalgia Orthotics on


  • The Genext Active "Beats" below are for regular shoes while the thinner Low Profile Orthotics are for dress shoes (shoes with limited interior space).

  • Both orthotics work really well for Metatarsalgia Ball Of Foot Pain

  • If you have fallen or low arches you may want to opt for the "Posted Heel" option available on the Genext Active orthotics only.

  • As you have metatarsalgia (ball-of-foot-pain) you will want to check the "Met Pad" option, available on both orthotics.

Be sure to read the reviews! Plenty of success stories in resolving metatarsalgia ball-of-foot pain!

Conclusion on the Pedors Guide to Metatarsalgia Orthotics For Ball Of Foot Pain Insoles

Well that about wraps it up for this page on Genext Metatarsalgia Orthotics.

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