Ball of Foot Pain


Metatarsalgia is a general term used to describe a painful condition experienced under the ‘ball of the foot’.  Pain associated with Metatarsalgia is often on the ball of the foot behind the 3rd or 4th toes.  Sufferers often describe a feeling of ‘burning pain’on the ball of the foot.

Metatarsalgia is a common condition that can be treated simply and effectively. If left untreated it can be debilitating to sufferers.

Often, when Metatarsalgia is not treated it can lead to Mortons Neuroma developing - which exhibits more localised pain as the nerve between the toes is entraped between the bones.  Mortons Neuroma can also be extremely painful, and most often occurs between the 3rd and 4th toes, but can occur elsewhere.


The underlying cause of Metatarsalgia and Mortons Neuroma is excessive pronation.  As the foot pronates , the arch of the foot flattens and  rolls inwards, causing the bones in the ball of the foot (called metatarsals) to collapse also roll inwards, compressing against each other.  This action causes pressure and pain to be experienced.


Metatarsalgia is most commonly characterised by a burning pain in the ball of the foot. Some patient's describe the pain as being like a stone bruise. This condition often restricts patient's mobility, or length of time they can be standing or walking, due to the intense pain and discomfort that can be experienced.

Mortons Neuroma generally exhibits more localised pain, at the site of the nerve impingement. It is generally the result of prolonged compression of the interdigital nerve causing irritation and possibly enlargement of the nerve. Sufferers often experience numbness and pain in the affected area.

How Pedistep Orthotics Help

Pedistep Orthotics assist in alleviating ball of foot pain (Metatarsalgia and Mortons Neuroma), but correcting pronation, and supporting the bones in the ball of the foot.  Pedistep Orthotics have been designed to incorporate a Weight Distribution System (WDS) to restore correct bone alignment, and spacing, reducing compression of the bones and nerves.  The result is restored mobility, and pain relief.