The underside of forefoot has natural fatty padding that is designed to cushion and protect the foot’s five metatarsal heads. These heads are bony prominences that connect to the toes. Even the natural padding can’t protect this area when prolonged or excessive pressure occurs. Forefoot injuries, including metatarsalgia, are common in athletes who participate in high-impact sports as well as people with high arched feet.
Metatarsalgia is usually a chronic condition that is marked by sharp or shooting pain in your toes, numbness or tingling in your toes or pain that worsens when you flex or feet. Often walking barefoot, especially on hard surfaces can cause increased pain. Wearing high heels, aging and walking on hard surfaces can also aggravate the problem.
The inflamed tissue takes time to heal, but accommodative footwear and SL-2 lasted shoes can offer ample room for toes to allow the forefoot to relax. Hard-soled shoes can provide protection from hard surfaces.
New Balance Insoles with metatarsal padding can provide relief by lifting the metatarsal heads for proper foot alignment. The Supportive Cushioning features protective ABZORB cushioning and metatarsal padding. Socks can offer additional padding and protection.