Ball of foot pain / Metatarsalgia its Causes and Treatment
Ball of foot pain or metatarsalgia is usually described as a "burning and sometimes sharp pain in the ball of the foot". This is usually aggravated when walking barefoot or on hard surfaces. When the foot rolls in too far (over pronation), the spaces between the bones in the forefoot (metatarsals) become narrowed. Nerves and tendons can become pinched between the bones of the forefoot which causes pain and swelling. Docpods help to prevent pain in the ball of the foot through limiting the amount of pronation. This helps to maintain spaces between the bones of the forefoot (metatarsals) and reduces the extent to which they are pinched.
Metatarsalgia and Mortons Neuroma are most common in women aged 25-55 years however it can affect anyone at any time.
When the foot is in a poor mechanical position (through excess pronation) the bones of the foot unlock and move more freely about the foot. This allows the bones of the forefoot to pinch on the plantar digital nerve and surrounding structures (tendons, muscles and ligaments).
When the plantar digital nerve and surrounding structures are pinched they bleed and swell. As the space surrounding the nerve is limited (between the metatarsal
Treatment of metatarsalgia involves correcting the biomechanical abnormality (excess pronation) with orthotic