Metatarsalgia Shoes

Metatarsalgia

The Walking Co offers a wide range of the best shoes for metatarsalgia dedicated to help alleviate metatarsalgia with specially designed features such as:

  • Arch support to help more evenly distribute pressure across the foot
  • Built-in metatarsal pads which support the metatarsals, realign the toes, and reduce pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Roomy toe box to reduce pressure on the forefoot
  • Cushioning to absorb shock and improve comfort

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"Most comfortable shoes I own"

I must say, I love these shoes. The arch support is perfect for my flat feet and the metatarsal pad helps alleviate some of the pain on the ball of my foot.

-INGRID

"Very comfortable"

I have fallen arches, planter fasciitis and some swollen metatarsal pain. I do best with a wide toe box but not necessarily a wide width. I ordered this shoe in a regular width choosing the metatarsal support. It’s the best cushion for that area! The inner sole is extremely soft and supportive exactly where I need it in the heel and metatarsal area.

-TAMIE

"Lovely sandal with foot friendly insole"

I have metatarsalgia and needed a sandal that looked nice, a neutral color and I could walk in at a college reunion.. These fit the bill... I'm very pleased with these.

-PJ

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Treating Metatarsalgia or Ball of Foot Pain

If the ball of your foot hurts regularly, you may be suffering from metatarsalgia, a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed.

What Causes Metatarsalgia

Here are a few common causes of metatarsalgia:

Poorly Fitting Shoes

Shoes that have a narrow toe box or lack support can contribute to metatarsalgia. Women who frequently wear high heels often suffer from metatarsalgia since it places a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot.

Intense Training and Stress Fractures

Distance runners often get metatarsalgia since the foot absorbs a lot of shock when it comes in contact with the ground. However, this is applicable to anyone playing a high-impact sport that puts stress on the body. Similarly, small breaks in the metatarsals caused by stress fractures can affect how you distribute weight across your food and lead to metatarsalgia.

Certain Foot Shapes

Having a high arch or flat feet places abnormal pressure across your metatarsals, causing pain and discomfort. If your second toe is longer than your big toe, this also affects the pressure distribution across your foot. Other conditions such as hammertoe or bunions also contribute to metatarsalgia.

Recovery

If you think you may have metatarsalgia, the first thing you’ll want to know are the next steps you need to take in order to recover.

Wear Properly Fitting Shoes

Make sure that your shoes are neither too tight nor too loose. Avoid high heels, and choose shoes that have a roomy toe box.

Arch Support

Wear shoes with arch support to help reduce stress on the metatarsals. You can either find shoes that come with arch support or buy special insoles to put into your shoes.

Metatarsal Pads

Ideally, wear shoes that come with a metatarsal pad, which reduces pressure on the ball of the foot, spreads the transverse arch (the arch just behind the ball of the foot), and properly realigns the toes. Walking Co offers orthotic insoles with metatarsal pads and an exclusive collection of shoes with built-in metatarsal support for metatarsalgia.

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Shop Metatarsal Support for Metatarsalgia

Rest

Keep off your feet, and avoid any strenuous activities that would put additional stress onto your feet. It’s still important to stay active as you recover, so you may want to find a low-impact activity like swimming or biking to get some exercise without straining your feet.

Ice

Be sure to ice your foot for 20 minute intervals a few times a day. This will help to reduce inflammation.

The Authority on Comfort

At The Walking Co, we’re passionate about helping people recover from metatarsalgia, which is why we offer a whole line of shoes dedicated to reducing ball of foot pain. They include specifically designed features such as: 

  • Arch support to help more evenly distribute pressure across the foot
  • Built-in metatarsal pads which support the metatarsals, realign the toes, and reduce pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Roomy toe box to reduce pressure on the forefoot
  • Cushioning to absorb shock and improve comfort

For many people, finding the right shoes is the key to start healing, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

The Walking Co. The Authority on Comfort to help you Keep on Walking.