What is metatarsalgia

What is metatarsalgia?

The metatarsals are the long bones in the middle of your foot that connect the rear foot bones to the bones at the toes. Metatarsalgia is a condition where pain is experienced at the end of one or more of these bones, in the ball of your foot. When this area becomes inflamed, the pain is often described as feeling like you are walking on pebbles. Other symptoms include sharp shooting pains near the ball of your foot and numbness in your toes.

What causes metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia is common in people who partake in high-impact or long-distance sports such as long-distance running, cycling, and rock-climbing. These activities exert a lot of sustained pressure on the balls of the feet, leading to inflammation. Other people most at risk of developing metatarsalgia are those with high foot arches and those who wear high heels or ill-fitting shoes for long periods at a time.

Causes of metatarsalgia
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How to treat metatarsalgia

Standard metatarsalgia treatment is to follow the RICE method – resting your feet, applying ice to the inflamed area, compressing the area, and elevating your injured foot. In most cases, symptoms will subside after a few days away from intense sport and plenty of rest. If your pain is more severe, over-the-counter painkillers may provide relief.


  • If your metatarsalgia is caused by wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes often, then it’s advisable to change your footwear to something more comfortable as soon as possible.
  • If symptoms persist for more than a week (without performing intense exercise), then you may need to seek medical attention.


How Enertor insoles help treat metatarsalgia

Our insoles are a proven form of metatarsalgia treatment:


  • With the ability to absorb up to 44% shock, Enertor’s insoles provide more protection than any other insole. Reducing the amount of shock your foot is exposed to with each step will help to reduce the symptoms and prevent the onset of metatarsalgia.
  • Our metatarsalgia insoles are designed to support the arch of your foot too, helping to distribute weight more evenly and take some pressure away from the ball of your foot. The result is more comfort with each step and less inflamed metatarsals.
  • All this is possible thanks to our D30 technology, which creates insoles that provide soft cushioning for your feet during standard movement, and then lock up on impact to provide optimal protection to your feet and leg joints at all times.


Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our website is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice.

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