Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) is a common complaint with most women who wear fashion shoes, especially high heels. However, pain in this area of the foot can also occur when wearing hard, flat shoes such as workboots.
Metatarsalgia is often described as a burning sensation in the ball of the foot often combined with excess callous forming. The pain is worse when when wearing high heels or tight fashion shoes for a longer periods of time. Sometimes a tingling sensation in the toe area is present (this condition is called Morton's Neuroma)
Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) occurs when the metatarsal bones (in the forefoot) lower and the surrounding ligaments in this area weaken. The entire forefoot structure will collapse, which leads to excess pressure and friction under the ball of the foot. The key reason for this problem is that when wearing heels most of your bodyweight is pushing into the forefoot area.
For ladies' fashion shoes there's now a great new product on the NZ market called Footlogics Catwalk. Footlogics Catwalk insoles restore biomechanical balance by supporting the arch, as well as the metatarsal bones.
This means that your bodyweight is distributed more evenly over the entire foot instead of just on the forefoot. In turn, Catwalk insoles prevent excessive pressure and friction in the ball of the foot. As a result there's a reduction of pain and the associated burning sensation - especially with longer periods of standing or walking.