The Best Shoes for Metatarsalgia: 2019 Edition

Do you have pain in the ball of your foot that makes walking and standing something to avoid? Choosing one of the best shoes for metatarsalgia from our reviews should help reduce or eliminate your forefoot pain.

Foot pain in the balls of your feet is grouped under the term metatarsalgia. This pain can come from overuse, a problem with your gait or from gradually getting older. It’s useful to understand the causes and steps you can take to remedy the pain. You can find extensive information on this below all the reviews. I encourage you to take a look.

Jump Link: Information on Causes & Remedies for Metatarsalgia 

Last Reviewed on 12 March 2019 - Minor Update - Last Updated on 28 February 2019 - Updated all shoes & improved info Content 

by Jennifer & Curtis

But let’s start with the reviews of metatarsalgia shoes which are split between gender and type of shoe. We have selected what we consider the best shoes in each class.

Choose the shoe type you want from the navigation table below and follow the links in the table to the relevant review.  There are links in each review back to the tables to make it easy to jump up and down the page quickly and easily so you can skip about between the particular metatarsalgia shoes that interest you.

Apart from good shoes for metatarsalgia, you can also buy metatarsal pads that fit inside the shoe for targeted relief. Our review of the best metatarsal pads on the market today is also on this page - Jump Link to: Our Review of the Best Metatarsal Pads


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Best Metatarsalgia Shoes - Men

​​Skechers ​Equalizer 3.0
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​Drew Fairfield Slip-on
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Best Metatarsalgia Shoes - Unisex

​​Birkenstock Arizona
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​Crocs ​On the Clock
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​​FootMinders Baltra
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​​Birkenstock Boston
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Best Metatarsalgia Shoes - Women


Men's Shoes for Metatarsalgia

Best Mid-Range Sandals for Metatarsalgia - Men
Dunham St. Johnsbury

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Adaptable Sandal

Fitting:

Narrow to Extra Wide

Length:

7 - 16 Whole Sizes

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Top Quality - Removable

Rating:

90%

Overview

Dunham is a Rockport brand of good pedigree. 

This is a versatile sandal for metatarsalgia that can be configured as a traditional back strap designed sandal or as a slide without the backstrap.

Colors choices are Black, Brown, Olive and an attractive Mocha.

Fitting

The thing with sandals is that they are an open shoe which makes sizing easier. 

Even though only available in whole sizes it is really not an issue for the length of the sandal.

There is a wide range of width fittings available which is important as the sides of the sandal are contained for about two-thirds of the length. 

The straps enable you to tighten down the fit as you prefer with no problem.

The removable backstrap adds flexibility. I am sure you have often wished strapped sandals had no strap - such as when in and out of the house and frequently taking them on and off or maybe when at the seaside.

Then there are times when you wish no strap sandals had straps such as when driving or when out shopping for any length of time when it's better the sandal does not slip on your foot.

Comfort & Cushioning

The inside of the sandal has a fabric lining to reduce rubbing and the backstrap is cushioned so your Achilles does not end up with blisters.

More important is the footbed or insole cushioning and ABZORB rubber sole which provides good shock absorption.

Good sandals for metatarsalgia need to have supportive and cushioned insole and provide good shock absorbance as well. The supplied insoles do a good job of providing arch support for regular arches.

They are also removable so you can swap them out when the cushioned support starts to flatten and become less effective. Of course, you can also fit proprietary orthotics if you have particular needs.

Style

The leather uppers look good and classy and will blend in with a wide range of outfit styles.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

The cushioned footbed and quality shock absorbing sole work very well for the sandal in helping protect the balls of your feet and thereby reduce pain in the forefoot.

Plenty of space allows the toes to spread out which along with the arch support goes a long way to redistributing pressure more evenly. Important as most metatarsalgia pain is caused by asymmetrical pressure on the toes and balls of your feet.

The sole has a moderate rocker shape to the front of the foot which helps reduce flex as you walk and thus reduce the movement at the metatarsal joint which would otherwise be painful.

Dunham St. Johnsbury - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Room for Toes to do their Job
  • ABZORB Shock Absorbing Sole
  • Lots of Width Fittings
  • Rocker Sole to Front 
  • Good Supportive Cushioned Insole
  •  Easy On & Off with Adaptable Fit
  • Insoles are Removable

Not so Good Things

  • Common to Cushioned Insoles they Eventually Flatten & Need Changing
  • Arch support is not enough for High Arches

Best Plain Dress Shoe for Metatarsalgia - Men
MBT Kabisa 5

$155.99 - $369.67
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Plain Dress Shoe

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

6.5 - 13.5 Whole Size Increments

Upper:

Full Grain Leather

Sole:

Synthetic Rocker Cushioned

Insole:

Removable Cow Lined

Rating:

84%

Overview

MBT make some of the best metatarsalgia shoes because they are highly cushioned and have rocker bottoms which reduce the flex at the forefoot.

The downside to this is that some people find it hard to get used to the front to back rolling action of the shoe and feel a little unstable.

If you can get used to that, then you will appreciate the reduction in pain it brings.

Fitting

The shoe is marketed as an Oxford but strictly speaking, it is a Derby with its open lacing system.

The open lacing system is a plus as although it is strictly less formal, it does allow more room for instep foot shapes.

The shoe does only come in medium widths so if you have a wide foot then it will not suit. Width comes up fairly true to medium size but orders larger rather than smaller.

Comfort & Cushioning

The shoe is highly cushioned throughout with a soft midsole that does most of the work.

The shoe also absorbs an astounding amount of shock too and the rocker sole follows your stride reducing the flex at your toes.

This makes the MBT Kabisa an excellent shoe for metatarsalgia comfort so long as you are medium width and get on with the highly cushioned walk experience. 

Style

The shoe style is plain and on the slightly casual side of formal thanks to the deep sole needed for the level of cushioning they provide.

They are not going to work with a tuxedo but will be fine for all but the most formal dress codes.

The open lace style is more popular these days than true Oxfords which are closed at the throat of the shoe which requires a more precise fit.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

The lack of width fittings and somewhat esoteric feel that high cushioning and the rocker soles have, make it hard to label this as the best in footwear for metatarsalgia because it will only suit some people.

If you know the brand then these shoes provide an excellent choice to reduce any pain you have in the balls of your feet.

If the brand is new to you then I suggest trying the style on at a physical store - whatever the style - to see how you feel about the 'feel' of the shoe as you walk.

The main features that help with metatarsal pain are the excellent cushioning, the rocker sole which reduces flex at the forefoot but you need medium width feet for the benefits.

MBT Kabisa 5 Dress Shoe - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Super High Cushioning
  • Quality Leather Uppers
  • Rocker Style Anti-Slip Sole
  • Quality Insole
  • Lacing Flexibility

Not so Good Things

  • Poor Range of Width Fittings
  • You May Need to Remove the Insoles to Add Width for Wider Feet
  • Not Well Suited to Very High Insteps

Best Premium Sandal for Metatarsalgia - Men
Mephisto Shark Sandal

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Premium Quality Sandal

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

7 - 14

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Supportive Cushioned

Rating:

92%

Overview:

Mephisto is a brand of excellence, making some of the most comfortable shoes you can buy.

The Shark sandal is perhaps the very best sandal for metatarsalgia that you can buy.

Superbly comfortable and supportive and made with top quality materials. 

The fact that the shoe only comes in a medium width, is mitigated by the style as sandals have wide flexibility compared to closed shoes. 

Fitting:

This excellent sandal is only available in a medium fitting but this is not such an issue for all but the widest of feet.

Adjustable straps at the forefoot and across the instep allow for a very wide adjustment which will allow them to accommodate most foot sizes.

The leather straps are easily adjustable with hook and loop fasteners to fit most foot shapes. Ordinarily, I don't much like hook and loop in a sandal that I expect to last years, and you should expect several years use. 

The problem I find is after a while the constant sticking and unsticking make the hook and loops not stick so well. Not a problem with this shoe though because the bottom strap near the toes you'll hardly ever need to undo and the instep strap is secured with a buckle.

So once you have adjusted the hook and loop on the instep strap all you'll be undoing is the buckle - no more hook and loop problems - hoorah!

Comfort & Cushioning

The comfort levels of this sandal are at the very top end and assisted by excellent heel shock absorbing qualities as well.

The heel has a gel insert that helps dissipate the pressure shocks from walking and the footbed is highly cushioned thanks to its air-relax design.

There is a soft lining to the sandal uppers too that will minimize any rubbing.

The footbed has excellent support to the arches which help natural pressure distribution and thus takes away the primary cause of metatarsal pain.  

These sandals are made for walking and all day wear and maintain foot comfort throughout the day.

Style

The class of this sandal is obvious when you compare with other makes. I love Ecco shoes and have a pair of Ecco sandals - they really are great. But compare them to the Mephisto and it is clear they are not in the same league.

That is as it should be because the price level is different but you do get what you pay for.

These sandals will match pretty much any casual outfit though obviously, you will be unlikely to wear in strictly formal settings.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

The air cushioned footbed is wonderfully cushioned at the same time as giving great arch support.

Your toes need space to do their job in pressure distribution and that is exactly the benefit a sandal has over any closed shoe.

The extra cushioned and shock absorbing heels will take away the shock and working with the footbed will even out the pressures in your foot. 

Metatarsal pain comes from too much pressure on the joints either from loss of cushion from the fatty pads which are the balls of your feet or from asymmetric pressure on the metatarsal toe joints.

So pressure distribution is a big factor in mitigating metatarsal pain and that is what these shoes deliver in Rolls Royce fashion.

The shoes might be expensive but you do get what you pay for and there is a Refurbishment programme to restore your shoes once they start to wear.

Mephisto Shark Sandals - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Exceptionally Comfortable
  • Great Shock Absorbance
  • Cushioned Yet Supportive
  • Excellent Brand Reputation
  • Refurbishment Programme Available

Not so Good Things

  • Expensive
  • In Between Sizes Go Larger

Best Flip Flop for Metatarsalgia - Men
Oofos Ooriginal Flip Flop

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Cushioned Flip Flop

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

3 - 14

Upper:

Synthetic

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Integral

Rating:

93%

Overview:

Flip flops are pretty much all the same right? Well not really!

The Oofos are made from a proprietary foam that is specifically designed to absorb shock. In fact, it absorbs 37% more shock than performance shoe foams according to the manufacturer.

Originally made as recovery footwear after workouts providing good arch support and with a curved sole to the front to reduce toe flex - exactly what you want from a metatarsal shoe.

Fitting

Flip flops don't need much in the way of width fitting unless you have super wide feet so no problems there for most people.

The loose and open style does not need half sizes either so the lack of those is not significant.

Some people get on really well with thong style shoes and others cannot abide by them and a lot to do with that is the feel of a post between your toes.

If you don't get on with thongs then go for a slide instead.

Comfort & Cushioning

The main selling point of this flip flop is the excellent shock absorbing material used in its construction.

This makes for a comfortable footbed that soaks up most of the pressure from simply walking.

Between people, mileage will vary as to comfort level of the style as I alluded to above but if you get on with thongs then you should find the Oofos Original a great flip flop and a cut above the norm.

I need to point out that the footbed is designed to reduce stress on knees, back and ankles and to soothe sore feet.

It is designed to encourage natural motion and is shaped to provide support to the arches as well as the forefoot area.

Style

If you think seven is a lucky number then you are in luck. There are seven pleasant colors to choose from.

As styling goes these are great for the beach, around the house, around the pool and for mooching about.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

With pain in the balls of your feet, you want cushioning and softness to add to the cushioning the fatty pads of your feet give.

This flip flop achieves that to the heel and under the forefoot and also reduces toe flex because of the footbed design.

The good shock absorbing qualities of the flip flop as well as the open design giving space for your toes to work all contribute to its ability to help toe joint pain.

Oofos Ooriginal Flip Flops - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Open Relaxed Style
  • Excellent Shock Absorbing for Style
  • Washable
  • Good Color Choice
  • Supportive footbed
  • Designed to Encourage Natural Motion

Not so Good Things

  • Ome Can't Get On with a Thong Style
  • Only Suitable for Super Casual Wear
  • Half Sizes Size Up

Best Skechers for Metatarsalgia - Men
Skechers Equalizer 3.0

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Sneaker

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

7 - 16 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Mesh

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Memory Foam Removable

Rating:

96%

Overview:

If you love Skechers, then the Equalizer 3.0 is the shoe to help with your metatarsalgia if you are after a sneaker style.

The shoe has excellent cushioning for your foot from heel to toe and is well cushioned and flexible to the uppers.

Available in lots of colors and width fittings as well as half sizes and a flexible fit.

Fitting:

It is important to grab a pair of shoes that will fit your foot correctly and this is particularly important if you are suffering from foot pain. 

The wide range of length and width fittings will enable you to get a good fit and the lacing system does a good job of accommodating different instep heights.

Comfort & Cushioning

Plenty of shock absorbance from the midsole and an excellent memory foam insole provide all the cushioning and comfort you need for all-day wear.

The shoe is well cushioned to the uppers as well with foam to the heel, collar and under the tongue which will help avoid rubbing.

Now the caveat with memory foam is that it is just not durable. the super cushioning it provides at first is only good for several months after which it will gradually compress and become much less effective.

No fear as you can get the insoles out and fit in custom orthotics to extend the life of the shoe a bit longer, though eventually, the shoe soles will wear too depending on use.

Style

Lots of different colors to choose from lets you express yourself and match up the styling of your clothing.

The shoes are a regular sneaker style which is rather restrained making these sneakers suitable for casual wear and for most non-formal work environments too.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

This is the best Sketchers shoe for metatarsalgia because of the wide range of sizing options and flexibility of the uppers.

Most Skechers shoes are extremely comfortable because of the memory foam but a byproduct of that high cushioning is poor durability. The price point of the shoes is quite low which does offset this fact.  

Skechers Equalizer 3.0 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Flexible Breathable Uppers
  • Plenty of Fitting Sizes
  • Good Removable Footbed
  • Loads of Cushioning

Not so Good Things

  • Insoles not Durable But Can Be Swapped for Custom

Best Dress Shoes for Metatarsalgia - Men
Dr. Comfort Wing

$118.00
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Wing Tip Dress Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

8 - 15 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Premium Orthotic - Removable

Rating:

88%

Overview:

A comfort dress shoe in traditional style with open lacing and lightweight synthetic sole.

Premium leather uppers with wingtip brogue detailing, leather linings and proprietary gel orthotic insert for maximum comfort.

Designed as a therapeutic shoe for all-day wear.

Fitting:

An excellent range of sizes and width fittings up to extra wide means this shoe will fit most people.

The open style lacing system allows for a range of instep heights too, and the extra depth toe box is just what the doctor ordered.

The excellent insoles provide shock absorbance with extra attention to the heels for foot positioning and a level of comfort much above the norm for dress shoes.

Comfort & Cushioning

Typically dress shoes are narrow, poorly cushioned and restrictive which is the opposite to what you need for pain in the balls of your feet.

The great gel insoles made by the manufacturer are sold as a stand-alone custom orthotic but come standard with the shoe and provide good support and cushioning.

A firmed up heel counter helps stabilize the shoe and the toe box is protected to prevent stubbing and offers plenty of room for your toes to flex.

Style

Traditionally and formal styling of the Derby wing-tip makes this shoe suitable for the most formal office as well as for smart casual wear.

The smart leather uppers and clever designing make this therapeutic shoe look much the same as more rigidly styled formal shoes and provide extra depth without them looking too big. 

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

With a roomy toe box and good heel positioning coupled with a quality leather inner lining the Dr. Comfort Wing provides a good balance of fit, space and cushioning for your feet. 

Given that most dress shoes are constrictive and tend to be less comfortable than other shoe styles. These are among the most comfortable dress shoes for metatarsalgia available at a reasonable price point.

Available in classic black or brown.

Dr. Comfort Wing - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Spacious Toe box
  • Classic Style
  • Excellent Removable Insole
  • Good Lacing Arrangement
  • Protective Toe Area

Not so Good Things

  • Soles Not as Durable as They Should Be

Best Dress Slip-On Shoes for Metatarsalgia - Men
Drew Fairfield Slip-On Shoe

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Casual Formal Walking Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Extra Wide

Length:

8 - 16 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Excellent & Also Removable

Rating:

99%

Overview:

Probably the best metatarsal shoes on the market under $200.

Drew shoes specialize in shoes that tackle foot pain of various sorts and recommend this shoe specifically for sufferers of metatarsalgia.

Quality leather uppers and excellent design in the sole of the shoes add up to comfort, support and cushioning where you need it.

Fitting:

A large choice of shoe length and widths up to double extra wide will have practically no one struggling to find the right size.

In the third dimension, height, the elastic sides allow for a degree of fit. Normally, we do not recommend slip-on shoes if you have very high arches.

In this case, the shoe has a double orthotic which can provide some extra space if needed.

An extra wide and deep toe box with a rounded shape adds to space for the toes and forefoot to spread and diffuse pressure yet without making the shoes look overly big.

Comfort & Cushioning

With double premium orthotics and a cushioned midsole cushioning underfoot is very good as well as supportive. The upper orthotic permanently adapts to your foot shape for support and the lower one provides the needed cushioning.

The insole is removable to allow for custom orthotics if you prefer.

A steel shank running from the heel to the midfoot in the midsole adds extra stability and the wide base at the forefoot provides the perfect platform under the balls of your foot.

There is also cushioning to the instep and collar of the shoe around the heel.

There is also an extended heel counter which wraps around to prevent excessive slippage and keep the foot correctly positioned.

Style

A classic slip-on style that is formal enough for almost anywhere and yet perfect for when you want a smart casual look too.

Some nice stitching to the heel and vamp add interest.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

For formal footwear, these are one of the best men's shoes for metatarsalgia from a company specializing in therapeutic design that will have you covered. Excellent reviews generally.

Many design features to give you plenty of space in the forefoot, expansive range of widths and lengths for fit and excellent orthotics for comfort and support.

Drew Fairfield Slip-On - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Top Cushioned Shoe
  • Roomy Toe Box
  • Quality Removable Insoles
  • Slight Rocker Style Sole
  • Very Comfortable Semi-Formal
  • Many Sizing Options

Not so Good Things

  • Only Two Colors


Best Sneakers for Metatarsalgia - Men
Hoka One One Bondi 6

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Cushioned Athletic Shoe

Fitting:

Medium - Wide

Length:

7.5 - 14 Half Sizes to 12.5

Upper:

Fabric

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Cushioned & Removable

Rating:

90%

Overview:

Hoka One One is renowned for cushioned sneakers and the Bondi 6 is the creme of the crop.

Extremely cushioned and with a flexible upper that allows some flexibility in width as well as wide fittings available.

If you need a sneaker that will allow you to do your exercise walking despite your forefoot pain then you should definitely check out the Bondi 6.

Fitting:

The Bondi 6 is available in most sizes and in a medium and wide width fitting. It should be noted some sizes are in short supply occasionally.

A good lacing arrangement will let you adapt for your foot height.

The sneaker comes up a little wider than some other makes and the wide fitting should be wide enough for most people given that the upper is flexible as well.

Comfort & Cushioning

For an athletic shoe, the Bondi 6 is one of the most cushioned available on the market today.

The EVA midsole provides a bundle of cushioning right through the entire length of the shoe but particularly at the heel for shock absorbance and forefoot for push-off.

The lightweight sole and beveled heel combined with the meta rocker sole design aids your foot in alignment and moves with your foot to provide constant cushioned support.

Excellent breathable uppers and lycra lining to the heel together with a decent heel counter mean comfortable, controlled positioning for your foot to avoid slip. 

Style

A typical athletic style that is more restrained than some but definitely has its own personality with the deeper than standard sole.

Available in a range of stand out colors as well as some a little more restrained.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

If you are doing a lot of walking exercise, you will find these to be among the best shoes for metatarsalgia pain thanks to the more highly cushioned design.

Great shock absorbance from the midsole and a little help with gait alignment to keep the pressure on the balls of your foot even.

Good, breathable uppers and heel positioning restricts slippage and keeps your feet dryer which reduces rubbing. 

It is the cushioning and sole design that takes care of your forefoot.

Hoka One One Bondi 6 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Very Highly Cushioned
  • Good Transition - Impact to Push-Off
  • Top Brand
  • Flexible Breathable Uppers
  • Great Sole Design

Not so Good Things

  • Occasional Availability Issues
  • Some Find it Hard to Adapt to Cushion

Unisex Shoes for Metatarsalgia

Best Premium Slide Sandal for Metatarsalgia
Mephisto Arizona

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Supportive Sandal

Fitting:

Narrow or Medium

Length:

4 - 13 Men for Women Add 2

Upper:

Suede / Leather / Option

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Anatomical Fixed

Rating:

88%

Overview

From one of the world's premier mainstream shoe manufacturers comes a Unisex two strap slide sandal.

Great support, excellent cushioning from a first-class anatomical footbed with high shock absorbency from the EVA foam midsole.

Fitting

Only medium with the occasional narrow width fittings available. This is less of a problem in an open sandal as the straps will adjust for width fitting for most foot widths.

The straps are of course adjustable and once set should not need to be adjusted except to handle swollen feet.

If you are between sizes then order up and women need to add two sizes to the men's sizes for an equivalent.

Comfort & Cushioning

One of the most comfortable slide style sandals on the market from this premium manufacturer. But if you want the best you have to expect to pay for it.

What are you getting for your money? A really really comfortable sandal that literally molds to your foot while providing support and cushioning.

These sandals give unparalleled comfort in their class.

Style

Just an extraordinary ordinary timeless style!

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

An excellent sandal for wear outdoors or around the house if the balls of your feet are beginning to get a little flat and foot pain is resulting.

The excellent footbed completely evens the forces across your foot relieving pressure on your forefoot and metatarsals.

They are not cheap but they are excellent. If you can afford them - get them.

Mephisto Arizona - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Wonderfully Comfortable
  • Oozes Class & Sophistication
  • Lovely Suede or Leather Uppers
  • Good Cushioning
  • Anatomical Soft Footbed

Not so Good Things

  • Well They Are Pricey
  • Euro Sizing Can Be Perplexing

Best Crocs for Metatarsalgia
Crocs On The Clock

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Synthetic Anti-Slip Shoe

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

4 - 13 Men for Women Add 2

Upper:

Synthetic

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Drop-In Removable

Rating:

82%

Overview

The whole world knows Crocs now for their all synthetic shoes.

These simple shoes feature enhanced arch support, drop in moisture wicking liners and a relaxed tapered fit. 

Fitting

With Crocs, the design is very relaxed and the material is flexible which leads to them only manufacturing medium widths to suit men and women.

The heels are tapered to give a little grip and positioning to the foot.

Comfort & Cushioning

Nice roomy toe box which tapers towards the heel gives plenty of room in the toe area whilst reducing the risk of slipping from the grip at the rear.

The supportive footbed is quite cushioned and surprisingly comfortable which is what makes them a candidate as a shoe offering forefoot pain relief.

Style

It's a Croc - what can I say?

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

Great easy clean washable shoes that provide surprising comfort and an anti-slip sole.

Good support helps spread the forces and help your forefoot do less work.

Crocs On The Clock - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Surprisingly Comfortable
  • Drop In Insole Soaks Up Moisture
  • All Synthetic Shoe
  • Anti-Slip
  • Washable

Not so Good Things

  • Plastic Shoes
  • Euro Sizing Difficulties

Best Orthotic Flip-Flop for Metatarsalgia
Footminders Baltra

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Orthotic Flip Flop

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 13 Men for Women Add 1

Upper:

Synthetic

Sole:

Anatomical EVA

Insole:

Contoured Orthotic Footbed

Rating:

87%

Overview

Excellent supportive flip flop at an attractive price point. Deep heel cups and shaped footbed evens out pressure and is particularly suitable for metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis and flat feet but not limited to those conditions.

Basically, a budget flip flop fitted with a Rolls Royce footbed.

Fitting

An open format flip flop so width fittings become less of an issue and lengths in half sizes would be redundant.

Comfort & Cushioning

Footminders design and manufacture premium orthotics to tackle metatarsalgia, plantar fascia damage and help correct misaligned gaits.

Apart from the footbed, the flip flop is relatively generic with little of note, but the star attraction is the footbed which correctly positions your foot, gives terrific support and especially provides metatarsal support to ease pain from the condition.

Style

A souped-up flip flop.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

It is all about the footbed support and contouring that cups and positions the foot whilst supporting it with excellence.

Footminders Baltra - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Truly Excellent Molded Footbed
  • Good Support & Cushioning
  • Shock Absorbing

Not so Good Things



Best Clog for Metatarsalgia
Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Clog

Fitting:

Narrow or Medium

Length:

4 - 12 Men for Women Add 2

Upper:

Suede or Nubuck Leather

Sole:

Anatomical Cork & Latex

Insole:

Contoured

Rating:

82%

Overview

Made in Germany with a brilliant cork footbed and premium nubuck leather or suede upper this clog nestles under your foot supporting it everywhere you need it to.

Good roomy toe box and strap to adjust for fit with toe bar to support the front of the balls of your feet.

Fitting

Euro sizing again I'm afraid, but check out the size chart and order your normal size.

Comfort & Cushioning

The cork footbed is high quality and shaped to your foot to give great positioning which is often missing in a clog.

A world away from the original wooden clogs of Dutch farmers, the footbed in these is overlaid with latex to provide the cushioning you need.

Excellent support to your arches and forefoot courtesy of a front toe bar or raised section in the footbed which your toes can grip. 

Style

Stylish for a clog.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

A roomy toe box, excellent positioning, and cushioning footbed all make for a clog which will spread the loads away from your toe joints thanks to the cork footbed.

Birkenstock Boston - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Excellent Molded Footbed
  • Good Support & Cushioning
  • Shock Absorbing Cork Midsole

Not so Good Things

  • European Sizing
  • Be Sure of Seller

Women's Shoes for Metatarsalgia

Best Walking Snadals for Metatarsalgia - Women
Taos Prize Sandal

$69.90 - $110.00
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Sandal

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

6 - 12 (Half Size - Size Up)

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

95%

Overview

One of the best walking sandals for women with metatarsalgia because of the lightweight design incorporating a metatarsal friendly footbed with good arch support.

With adjustable straps and slide on design, you'll have no problem with fit.

Fitting

No half sizes or width fittings but unless you have exceptionally wide feet this should not be a problem.

The hook and loop straps allow for a wide variety of foot shapes and once set you should not be needing to continually undo and refix them - which is the primary cause of hook and loop overuse failure.

Comfort & Cushioning

These are some of the best walking shoes for metatarsalgia for women as they are made for support and cushioning to ease forefoot pain.

Taos aim is to make the Prize 3 your prize possession for the reason of the outstanding comfort your feet will feel from the Soft Support footbed which provides arch support that is so difficult to find in a sandal.

Not only that but the footbed is made to provide targeted metatarsal support too, all overlaid with a soft fabric covering and recovery foam layer for cushioning.

A range of colors and styles and quality leather used for the straps with a soft under-surface all add to the benefits making the Prize 3 some of the best footwear for metatarsalgia you can choose.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

The main thing needed to reduce pain in the balls of your feet is for them to be supported with more cushioning. As well as that, it is essential that your foot arch is supported to reduce foot roll and general gait misalignment.

These shoes are specially made to tackle these issues all in a good looking design that is fashionable enough to go anywhere.

If sandals suit your requirements then these are an excellent choice. 

Taos Prize 3 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Wonderfully Comfortable
  • Excellent Metatarsal Support
  • Comfortable Arch Support
  • Freedom for Toes
  • Great Styles

Not so Good Things

  • Not Much to Write Here

Best Walking Shoes for Metatarsalgia - Women
Fit Flop Superskate

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

All Day Walking Shoe

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 11 Half sizes to 8.5

Upper:

Knit

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

90%

Overview

The Superskate Uberknit from FitFlop is stretching it a bit to be called a skate shoe alluding to the flat-soled shoes used for riding skateboards.

Supercomff™ would have been a better moniker which is exactly what they call the midsoles in these fantastically supportive and comfortable all day walking shoes. 

For Metatarsalgia they are perfect with all day cushioned support, flexible fit and soft forefoot cushioning which reduces underfoot pressure according to one university study.

Fitting

A little sad that these shoes do not also come in a wider width fitting for those who need more horizontal space.

The uppers are a fashionable knit material that cuddles your feet thanks to their elasticated and soft material.

If you have wider feet then, sadly, you will need to find a different shoe that can take you on to cloud 9. 

Comfort & Cushioning

Comfort and cushioning are descriptors that perfectly fit the Superskate loafer, sneaker, skate shoe - it seems to fit all categories.

The exceptional insole is specifically designed for optimum comfort which it provides via its Supercomff™ midsoles that provide all-day cushioning. 

The cotton-lined leather insoles feel nice underfoot too.

Style

A fashionable sporty knit styling that will blend in anywhere despite the AMPA (American Podiatric Medical Association) seal of approval.

They are not really skating shoes but they sort of are. They are not really sporty but the sort of is. They are not really young looking but they sort of are. They are not exactly sexy but I can tell you they are! Ahem....

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

One of the most comfortable all day walking shoes I have come across that really add much appreciated soft cushioning to the forefoot, great under-arch support and firmer heel. All of these factors work to dissipate pressure on the ball fo the foot.

A pretty hard wearing slip-resistant lightweight sole topped off with a good looking breathable upper puts these among the best women's walking shoes for metatarsalgia.  

FitFlop Uberknit Superskate - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Super Comfort Even All Day
  • Excellent Quality Supportive Midsole
  • Good Breathable Uppers
  • Fashionable Look
  • Walking Shoe Design for Metatarsalgia

Not so Good Things

  • More Width Fittings Please!!

Best Dress Shoe for Metatarsalgia - Women
Beautifeel Mystique

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Dress Shoe

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 10

Upper:

Black Suede

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Proprietary Leather

Rating:

93%

Overview

You are out somewhere special and have those chic, classy dress shoes to wear and are feeling great and ready to take on the world.

Two hours later your feet take over the conversation, constantly reminding you of how tight these wretched shoes are you chose and can we please get home to take them off - NOW!

I've experienced that too often and I bet you have too. With these Beautifeel kitten heel dress shoes, you will be able to concentrate on your evening out rather than your feet yelling at you. 

Fitting

Uh! It pains me to say these are only available in medium. However, these do run a little wider than most so all may not be lost.

If you have narrow feet, you might struggle to get a decent fit and should certainly size down if you are between sizes. If wider footed then size up if you are an in-betweener.

If the width is right but the length is a little long consider those gel inserts to pad out space - it's totally worth it for these.

Comfort & Cushioning

The excellent cushioning in these shoes comes from the restrained heel and the excellent Beautifeel cushioned insole.

The shoe uppers are excellent quality and also have a little give in them to provide some versatility.

A great feeling leather lining inside also adds to overall comfort which results in an excellent overall experience.

I don't think you should be expecting to walk miles all day in these - they are a dress shoe after all - but comfort it great for four or five hours with no problem.

One little tip if you are thinking of wearing longer is to go up one size and add a little extra padding using inserts which will add wear time.

Style

Truly beautiful, fantastic looking classy shoe.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

Dress shoes can be a nightmare which is a shame since you most often wear them in your free time when something special is going on. 

Give your feet a break and pick up these dress shoes for metatarsalgia comfort. The excellent insoles will cushion and support you to a level you would not believe possible in a dress shoe style.

The other benefit is that you'll look fantastic without needing high heels and all the discomfort and pressure on your forefoot from the dorsal stretch of your foot.

The kitten heels are less than two inches and high enough to give the look without the foot pain.

Beautifeel Mystique - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • High Cushion Leather Insoles
  • Stunningly Classy
  • Pretty Kitten Heel Lift
  • Leather Lined and Insole
  • Looks Good, Smells Good, Is Good

Not so Good Things

  • Only Medium Width Fittings

Best Sneaker for Metatarsalgia - Women
Hoka One One Bondi 6

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Sports Walking Shoe

Fitting:

Medium -  Wide

Length:

5 - 11 & Half Sizes

Upper:

Synthetic Mesh

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Full Length Supportive

Rating:

95%

Overview

An athletic sports shoe for those who want maximum cushioning either for all day general wear or for exercise walking despite the pain in the ball of your toes.

The maximum cushioning available for this type of shoe and a flexible & breathable upper I think makes it the best sneaker for metatarsalgia for women.

Fitting

It's not available in all the widest fittings there is at least the option of a wide fitting available as well as the obvious Medium.

Length should be no problem and the lacing area is wide and accommodative no matter your instep shape.

Comfort & Cushioning

The Bondi 6 is a really cushioned shoe, so much so that some feel the cushioning is too much and feel a little unstable but you can be sure your metatarsal bones will not be complaining!

The inside is lined in lycra to the heel to provide a little silkiness and reduce rubbing and there are high levels of cushioning to the collar, heel, and tongue giving a great feeling above the foot.

The bottom of your foot is treated to excellent cushioning from the special EVA midsole that absorbs the shocks of weight impact as you walk and the sole is shaped in a rocker style to match the action of your foot as you walk.

Flexible, breathable uppers, a wider foot base for stability and beveled heel all work to improve gait as well as comfort from properly distributing pressure.

The last point to mention is the internal heel counter which gives stability to the heel which the whole shoe takes advantage of. 

Style

This is an out and out athletic style shoe that looks the part of a sportswoman but is equally at home lifting the style of your relaxed casual outfits.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

Many features are helping to alleviate metatarsal pain. The highly cushioned insoles and midsoles, flexible mesh construction and generous toe box give the toes room to play.

The meta rocker soles and stability of the shoe help reduce asymmetrical pressures on the toe area that causes pain.

Overall these features make the Bondi 6 one of the best sneakers on the market for women with metatarsalgia.

Hoka One One Bondi 6 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Super Cushioned Sneaker
  • Comes in a Wider Fitting
  • Plenty of Comfort & Cushion 
  • Nice Color Designs
  • Meta Rocker Gait Enhancement
  • Good Arch Support

Not so Good Things

  • Soles not Great on Slippery Surfaces
  • High Cushioning Needs Time to Get Used To. 

Best Casual Slide Sandal for Metatarsalgia - Women
Oofos Ooahh Slide

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

All Synthetic Slide

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 16

Upper:

Synthetic

Sole:

Cushioned Synthetic

Insole:

Integral

Rating:

88%

Overview

Sadly pain in the balls of your feet does not disappear when you take shoes off and walk barefoot or are bumming around doing errands around the house.

Nor after a spell at the gym where you should not be walking around barefoot with all the nasties lurking there to attack your feet.

In fact, it is beneficial to wear relaxed shoes rather than going barefoot. Some like slippers which are featured later, but these are not good if you have to go outside.

Enter the synthetic slide from Oofos. This super shock absorbing synthetic slide is a multipurpose shoe that is supportive and cushioned and perfect for metatarsalgia pain relief.

Fitting

It is a synthetic slide so there is not much to be said about fitting because the loose relaxed fit adapts to your width as you slide your foot in.

Comfort & Cushioning

The super cushioned material used to manufacture these slides really is impressive at absorbing shock at the same time it cushions your foot and supports your arches.

Many slides are flat with no thought to foot support or cushioning but these are made to fill that gap.

You will find them comfortable I'm sure.

Style

It's a synthetic slide so there is not much to be said about style.

Colors could be more inspiring but if I'm off for a shower I am not bothered about the way they look and the rubbish bags just don't seem to care anymore!

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

I am not the greatest lover of all plastic flip-floppy, slidey style shoes but they have their place - by the back door and in the sports bar because I'd rather avoid a bout of athlete's foot.

But these are great as they give good support and actually feel comfortable when I am not looking my best or having to do the chores.

I would not be seen dead in the mall with them though and I think they are dangerous for driving!

Oofos Ooahh Slide - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Surprisingly Comfy
  • Surprisingly Supportive
  • Surprisingly Reduces Shock
  • Better Than Barefoot for Forefoot Pain

Not so Good Things

  • Unsurprisingly Synthetic
  • Who Designed The Color Range?

Best Wedges for Metatarsalgia - Women
Bernie Mev Gem Wedge

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Wedge

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5.5 - 10.5 Upsize +1

Upper:

Textile

Sole:

Polyurethane

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

86%

Overview

Sometimes you want a little extra height in your shoes, but you know high heels are going to ruin your feet. So the answer is to grab a pair of shoes with a small base and slightly heeled too.

Step in the Bernie Mev Gem Wedge with a 1-inch platform and 2 inch heel. Heel to toe is still under the magic 2-inches and your feet will thank you.

The memory foam insoles give you the cushioning you need and that woven elasticated upper really slims down the shape of your foot.

Fitting

This is a European made shoe and whilst European manufacturers make exceedingly good shoes, on the whole, you do sometimes wonder if they teach mathematics in Europe anymore as their sizing is more inconsistent than the sun in an English summer.

You'd also be forgiven for thinking the Europeans all have medium size feet because they never seem to make wider fittings - well except Clarks off the top of my head. Yeah, I'm sure there are others. Anyway...

This is a wonderful shoe, trust me, but the sizing is inconsistent and comes up really quite small. You should upsize by at least a size from your usual size. 

Comfort & Cushioning

The polyurethane sole is super lightweight and does have a little give but given it is a wedge there is a limit as to how much it can squash before you wobble around like one of those clowns who walk on sticks at a circus.

No, the comfort comes from mainly from the memory foam insole which works fabulously and leaves the main sole to handle a bit of anti-slip.

Put these shoes on and your feet will be feeling great. 

Bear in mind memory foam is not the most durable material and over a season will begin to flatten.

Good job the shoes are not expensive - just get another pair next year if you wear them a lot. And you just might want to - wear them a lot I mean.

Style

It's a beauty. Great elastic type fabric upper sort of wraps up your foot and is somehow tardis-like, making your feet look kind of smaller than usual.

The wedge style has its admirers and detractors I guess but, for me, I think these wedges look pretty darn good.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

For a start let's be clear the shoe is wonderfully cushioned and comfortable thanks to the insole and it's the cushioning where it gets it's Brownie points for helping reduce metatarsal pain.

The other notable features are the height gain without an excessive heel and the footbed shape which is curved with a slight rocker sole to flow with your stride. The less flexible sole reduces flex on the metatarsal joints and so reduces the pain you experience.

Just remember they come up a bit on the small size.

Bernie Mev Wedge - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Super Comfy Insoles
  • Gives You an Extra Inch
  • Super Elastic Fabric Uppers
  • Good Footbed Shape
  • Great Comfort

Not so Good Things

  • Only in Medium
  • Whacky European Sizing
  • Comes Up Small So Order Large

Best Slippers for Metatarsalgia - Women
Orthofeet Charlotte Leather Support Slippers

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Slipper

Fitting:

Medium - Wide

Length:

5.5 - 12 Half Sizes to 11.5

Upper:

Suede Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Excellent Premium Orthotic

Rating:

95%

Overview

You need these if you have pretty much any foot problem. 

Unless you spend literally no time at home, then these slippers will take care of supporting your arches, heels and of course your metatarsal pads and joints.

They tick all the boxes so don't ignore the hours you spend at home when you are either walking around in socks or barefoot. Because if you are, then you should not be surprised if your pain persists.

Fitting

Medium and wide fittings available which are enough because the fitting is flexible anyway.

The overlap section of upper at the top of the slipper is adjustable with hook and loop fastenings so you can get the perfect fit for your foot instep.

There are also supplied spacers should you find the slipper a bit wide when you try it on.

Comfort & Cushioning

Oh gosh - I wish I could send feeling across the internet but sadly all I have is words and they are inadequate.

So snug to slide into the padded interior before you even put weight on your foot. And when you stand you really notice the excellent support and cushioning from the orthopedic insole that Orthofeet is famous for.

The midsole is also designed to take up shock from your step which you might think is redundant just mooching around the house but in reality, adds much to pain relief.

The insoles are removable because Orthofeet understands that some people need specialized orthotics for one reason or another so you are even covered there.

Style

I think they look great and I love the look of suede.

It might be easier getting a spilled jam off a plastic slipper but I'll happily spend a bit extra time for handling those accidental spillages and anyway I tend to spray anything suede with protective treatment to maintain the look and make it easy to clean off dirt and so on.

I typically use the Solemates All Weather Protector (Amazon link) which is suitable despite the fact it is also water repellant and you'll only be wearing these lovelies indoors.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

Many people forget that it is not just walking shoes and the outdoors where we are standing and walking about. 

For many of us, a lot of time is spent standing doing chores and walking around in the house.

If you are standing your plantar fascia is stretched as is the Achilles and the various small muscles inside your foot too. This can be damaging.

With metatarsalgia, it is quite likely the fleshy, metatarsal pads we call the balls of our feet are not providing enough cushioning. Especially the case with older people because a by-product of aging is the loss of mass to those areas.

And so the value of wearing proper supportive slippers at home should be clear. Great support from the purpose designed anatomical footbed in these slippers and an excellent cushioned orthotic bring real and noticeable benefits.

Highly recommended and undoubtedly the best slipper for metatarsalgia on the market today.

Orthofeet Charlotte Support Slippers - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Good Support
  • Excellent Cushioning
  • Nice Suede Adjustable Uppers
  • So Comfortable
  • Removable Insole

Not so Good Things

  • For High Arches You Will Need To Fit A Custom Orthotic Probably. There is Enough Room in the Slipper.
  • Low Arches Size Down Half Size

Best Dress Slide for Metatarsalgia - Women
FitFlop Flare Slide Sandal

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Fashion Dress Slide

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 11

Upper:

Textile

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Integral

Rating:

90%

Overview

A fairly straightforward slide with a fabric upper inlaid with 'Glitz'.

Super-cushioned footbed with AMPA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance provides all-day comfort.

Fitting

Only available in a medium fitting but the sandal does come up a little wider than normal and also the straps will give a little after a short period.

If you are a medium width fitting then you should consider ordering slightly smaller and if a wide fitting then takes your usual size.

Comfort & Cushioning

FitFlops are an excellent brand for metatarsal shoes because of the super pressure diffusing design and material used for the midsole.

This material provides lots of shock absorbance and effectively distributes pressure across the whole of the foot which means less pressure on the balls of your feet compared to other shoes.

Very comfortable, enough for all day wear if the straps suite your foot shape well.

But bear in mind these are designed for more dressy occasions that typically do not demand all day perfection.

Style

A classic two-strap slide with a cool sparkly decoration.

Suitable for dressy occasions particularly, and available in several color designs.

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

The footbed is shaped to diffuse pressure working with the excellent midsole construction which provides softness and cushion for a really comfortable sandal that will help reduce metatarsal pain.

Perfect for garden parties, BBQ's, trips out and weekend getaways.

FitFlop Flare Slide Sandal - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Good Pressure Diffusing Midsole
  • Renowned Footbed for Comfort
  • Quite Good Arch Support
  • Naturally Shaped Footbed
  • Good Heel Shock Absorbance
  • Slight Front Rocker Shape to Sole

Not so Good Things

  • Runs Slightly Wider Than Average

Best Metatarsal Pads
Emsold Ultra Thin Orthotics 3/4 Length

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Specifications

Style:

3/4 Thin Orthotic

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 12

Arch:

Arch Support

Heel:

Heel Cup Positioning

Toe:

Foam Metatarsal Pads

Rating:

95%

Metatarsal Orthotics

If you suffer from metatarsalgia then you know it is the term used for pain in the balls of your feet.

There are several different conditions and causes of this pain which are grouped together under the term 'Metatarsalgia'.

The level of pain has various levels from mild to severe.

Obviously, you should consult a doctor or podiatrist to find out what caused the pain and how best to reduce it.

Part of the solution will be to wear the proper footwear and the shoes I have listed above should all work to help reduce forefoot pain.

However, in some cases, special orthotics will provide even greater relief.

I researched over twenty types of orthotic supports and took a look at what users who have bought the various brands thought about the effectiveness and value of the various orthotics.

If you are looking for an off the shelf orthotic for metatarsalgia the stand out metatarsal specific winning product is the one featured above. 

How do they help with Metatarsalgia?

The most important feature is the soft foam padding provided to support the balls of your feet. These metatarsal pads basically add to the cushioning that the fatty balls of your feet provide, (sounds terrible but I don't really know how else to describe them - sorry).

The support offers semi-rigid foot arch support which will suit the majority of arch types. 

In supporting the arch, you will experience less stretch in the plantar fascia which will translate to more pressure absorbed by the arch, and less transferred to the front of the foot.

Excessive pressure on the front of the foot is a major cause of most metatarsal pain and so this is an important area to focus on, as well as direct, forefoot cushioning.

The support has a good, deep heel cup. The benefit of this is to allow the heel to position itself in the support and to stay positioned as you step.

With the heel positioned the rest of your foot will not have to work to maintain stability again reducing pressure on the forefoot which is the aim.

Lastly, the support is lined with natural leather which helps to absorb moisture and again keep the foot from sliding as well as adding to comfort by keeping your feet dry.

These supports will fit in many different shoe types from slippers to sports shoes, dress shoes to clogs as long as the shoes accept orthotics.

For that reason, if you have quite high pain levels you must consider limiting yourself to shoes that accept custom orthotics by having removable footbeds and sufficient height to take custom orthotics which are often thicker than the factory supplied insoles.

This is important because they will often take up more space inside the shoe than the originals and leave less space for your foot.

Elmsold Metatarsal Orthotics  - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Metatarsal Foam Padding
  • Semi-Rigid Arch Support
  • Good Deep Heel Cup
  • Leather Covered
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Fits Many Shoe Types

Not so Good Things

  • Nothing - Excellent Customer Support Will Help with any Issues

What is Metatarsalgia?

Metatarsalgia is a name given to a range of conditions that give pain in the ball of the foot. The cause depends on the particular condition. Consult a podiatrist to determine the precise condition and get metatarsalgia shoes to help relieve the pain.

Metatarsalgia is more commonly known as stone bruises and can affect anyone for various reasons especially people who are overweight, athletes, women who wear highheels, and anyone who wears shoes that do not properly cushion the balls of the feet. Age is another factor.

All of these activities cause greater than normal pressure on the front of the foot. It is the padded flesh under the metatarsal bones that absorbs this pressure, and the bones of the toes have to work to maintain balance.

The ball of the foot and the part of the foot where the toes meet the ball are known as the metatarsal pad and the metatarsal heads, respectively. When metatarsalgia occurs, the metatarsal bones rub together causing the nerves in between to become inflamed and painful. These are the regions which are directly affected when stone bruising occurs.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

For athletes, the main cause is overuse and wearing the wrong footwear. Impact sports that involve rapid changes in direction such as tennis and football or that involve a lot of jumping such as basketball and high impact gym training, cause high stress to the toes repetitively that leads to the material between the bones thinning and trapping the small nerves which then become inflamed. Learn more at Medical News Today. 


Metatarsalgia affects women more than men, mostly because of high heels. High heels elevate the heel and force pressure to the front of the foot which has to deal with much higher than normal forces as a result. As with athletes, the higher forces wear down the inter-bone tissue that leads to metatarsalgia.

Another cause is the thinning of the tissue that forms the ball of your foot. As you age the tissue naturally thins and in so doing cannot absorb the forces so well which forces the foot bones to take more of the strain, leading to metatarsalgia.

The foot is a complex part of our body and it is in use every day. Any issue that causes pain or discomfort is countered by the brain to compensate.

In compensating for discomfort the brain adjusts the strength that various muscles and bones pull and push in an attempt to redistribute pressure away from the problem area.

This change in biomechanics, in turn, leads to unbalanced forces and areas of the foot taking more stress than usual creating further complications. It is this mechanic that creates metatarsalgia from ill-fitting footwear.

Other causes arise from weak or stronger than normal muscles in the foot, the Achilles or the plantar fascia, weak toe extensors (muscles controlling the toes), unusual bone lengths, high arches, gait issues, hammer toes and very often ill-fitting shoes.

Morton's Neuroma is a nerve condition sometimes confused with metatarsalgia but is actually a different condition. It is a specific condition involving the growth of tissue between the bones that typically leads to numbness in the toes as well.

So you can see there are a variety of causes that can lead to metatarsalgia and for this reason you do need to consult a specialist to trace the cause as there may be exercises or steps you can take to mitigate further damage and pain.

However, one common denominator is a need to change footwear to a type that gives more cushioning to support that you get naturally from those fleshy balls of your feet.

Symptoms of Metatarsalgia

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It is given this informal name due to the fact that patients have reported the symptoms to feel as if they are walking on tiptoe over stones.

There are other parts of the feet that the pain can spread to including the toes and even shooting pains through the entire foot region.

The symptoms are reportedly much more pronounced when walking barefoot when walking on hard surfaces while standing or moving around for extended periods, and when subjecting the feet to high impact exercising.

This is a fairly obvious conclusion since in all these situations the bones of the foot must work harder either because of the activity or because of the lack of any help from footwear.

What helps?

While this condition is usually alleviated by application of ice, pain medication and staying off one's feet, people who suffer from metatarsalgia often have a difficult time finding relief when they have to be on their feet again.

A significant contributing factor to stone bruising is caused by wearing shoes that do not properly cushion the balls of the feet (see also shoes for flat feet).

For this reason, it is particularly important than those suffering from this painful and at times debilitating condition, choose the proper footwear to minimize the discomfort and inflammation, and also to prevent the symptoms from becoming more severe.

Thankfully, there are footwear options for people who suffer from metatarsalgia and the following types of shoes for both men and women are not only designed to provide extra cushion and support but are practical and basic enough for everyday wear as well.

Conclusion

The importance of choosing the right shoe, particularly for sufferers of metatarsalgia, or other painful foot conditions cannot be overstated.

To minimize the harsh impact the feet must endure from exercising or simply from walking, the right footwear can mean the difference between providing a manageable way to minimize the pain and easing the difficulty of walking.

The wrong shoes can potentially cause extreme discomfort or possibly causing even more severe and debilitating symptoms.

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