Often, runners or others who put a lot of pressure on their feet through the day experience foot pain on the ball of their feet. If you are one of the unfortunate individuals who suffer from this type foot pain, you may be in luck. I will try to explain what may cause this and how you can receive relief from such pain. Please, read on.

Cause:

There are various reasons why a person may experience foot pain on the ball of the foot, however; one of the more common reasons would be a condition known as Morton's neuroma. This condition is generally caused by ill fitting footwear and continuous trauma or injury to the area known as the metatarsal heads.

The metatarsal heads are located at the ball of the foot. There are nerves that run along this region that can become irritated from the constant abuse. This can cause a thickening of the nerves and therefore cause burning pain in the ball of the foot and sometimes pain and numbness in the toes.

Possible Solution:

Metatarsal pad and / or other special foot support products may help tie foot pain around the ball of the foot, heel, arch, or other areas where pain may occur. See your podiatrist or foot specialist for any special needs. Purchasing correct fitting shoes is very important. Shoes that do not fit well can cause many problems, including this issue.

When purchasing any shoes, be sure your toes fit comfortably. Remember, your feet tend to swell later in the day, so you might want to try on shoes in the late afternoon or evening. Also, make sure you select the right kind of shoes for whatever sport or event you intend to participate in.

If you are planning on running a marathon, make sure you have a good pair of running shoes. If you are planning on standing in one spot for a period of time, be sure to get comfortable shoes. The same goes for walking. If you go to a theme park all day, get shoes that fit well and have correct padding to absorb the shock.

Often, there is nothing like a good old foot massage to tie aching feet. A wonderful device that has helped my feet is called the Foot Log . The Foot Log is a scientifically designed foot massager that is soft and durable. It is shaped like a log, about 12 “long by about 2” diameter. It has a few little rubber nubs that, as you roll your feet on top of it, massages all of the pressure points on the bottom of your feet. This stimulates circulation and helps the muscles relax. This is a very good tool for targeting the pain in the ball of your feet.

If you treat your feet well, they will treat you well. We often ignore our feet and as a result, we suffer the consequences. It is important to remember that if your feet hurt, you hurt all over.