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Metatarsalgia Shoes

Footwear with maximum cushion to ease metatarsalgia pain.

Our feet absorb a lot of impact on a daily basis. In fact, our feet can withstand 2–6 times our body weight from simply walking. It’s no wonder the balls of our feet can start to hurt!

Ball of foot pain conditions such as metatarsalgia—inflammation of the metatarsal bones on the foot—or sesamoiditis—irritation of the bones in the big toe—can develop with repeated high-impact activities or footwear without enough cushion or arch support.

The best shoes for metatarsalgia and other ball of foot pain conditions are shoes with metatarsal support, plenty of cushion, a wide toe box, and shock-absorption to keep your feet as healthy as possible.

Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Metatarsalgia

What is Metatarsalgia?

Ball of foot pain can stem from a wide variety of foot conditions, including metatarsalgia—inflammation of the metatarsals, sesamoiditis—irritation of the bones in the ball of foot and big toe, or Morton’s neuroma—a nerve condition that affects the area between the third and fourth toes.

Pain in the balls of our feet can occur as a result of an impact injury, an underlying medical condition, or by wearing too-tight, ill-fitting footwear without enough cushion.

One simple conversative treatment option for metatarsalgia is to wear high-quality footwear with plenty of cushion, arch support, and space for the metatarsals—just like KURU shoes. The best shoes for sesamoiditis, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, and other ball of foot pain have plenty of cushion, shock-absorption, and a wide toe box for the utmost comfort.

Top Selling Shoes for Metatarsalgia

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"This shoe does everything it promised and more
This shoe is so great to wear. The break-in period was fairly brief for me. I have loved how they support my heel and arch and there is plenty of room for my toes. The pain in the ball of my foot is much less now. They look nice too. I especially appreciate the leather wedge-shaped detail at the ball of my foot which feels supportive and also breaks up what would otherwise be a very long (I have size 10 feet) shoe. Based on my experience with this first purchase, I have recommended KURU shoes and boots to three friends, one of whom has bought the boots already. I have also bought a pair of Chicanes which are good and getting better."
-SDBetsy
"THANK YOU TO MY WIFE!
My wife had a couple pairs of Kuru shoes and swears by them. I have horrible pain in the balls of my feet and she finally convinced my to try them. These came this morning and I put them on right away. I wore them all day. They are the most comfortable shoes. I have very little pain in my feet this evening. I will definitely be purchase more!"
-GBS1912

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Metatarsalgia Causes & Symptoms

Learn more about the causes of metatarsalgia and symptoms you can expect, as well as takeaways to help determine the best treatment option.

Causes and Risk Factors for Metatarsalgia:

  • Wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes
  • Not enough footwear cushion
  • High-impact sports or activities
  • People with high arches or flat feet
  • Foot conditions, including Morton’s neuroma, sesamoiditis, bunions, or hammertoes
  • Other medical conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, or neuropathy

Metatarsalgia Symptoms:

  • Sharp, aching pain in the ball of the foot: High levels of impact or excess pressure on the balls of the foot can cause symptoms of metatarsalgia, which is an inflammation of the metatarsals—the bones just below the toes.
  • Toe joint pain: When a bunion develops, you can experience an aching, stabbing pain in the big toe joint. Though bunions can be hereditary, they often get worse with consistent use of too-narrow or too-tight footwear.
  • Feeling of a lump in your shoe: With Morton’s neuroma, you might feel a sensation of a pebble stuck under the ball of your foot. In this condition, the tissue around the nerves becomes inflamed and enlarged, often causing pain between under third and fourth toes.
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes: Conditions that cause circulatory or nerve issues such as diabetes, neuropathy, and Morton’s neuroma can lead to loss of feeling or tingling in the toes.
  • Top of foot pain: The top of the foot above the ball can experience pain from extensor tendonitis, bone stress fractures, or other injury.

Your doctor can provide the best pathway forward to diagnose and treat your condition. For a few tips on conservative treatments you can try at home, check out our metatarsalgia treatment section below.


Metatarsalgia Facts and Stats

Learn more about the causes of metatarsalgia pain and symptoms you can expect, as well as takeaways to help determine the best treatment option.

KURU LUNA shoes for metatarsalgia. KURU LUNA shoes for metatarsalgia.

Metatarsalgia Treatment

Do you suffer from metatarsalgia? We're here to help. Our guide includes exercises, stretches and shoes that can relieve your pain.

When treating metatarsalgia pain, we recommend checking with your doctor who can formally assess your symptoms, perform any needed imaging tests, and offer a diagnosis and treatment plan. Full recovery of metatarsalgia may require up to 6–8 weeks.

One effective way to treat metatarsalgia symptoms without medical procedures or surgery is to wear well-fitting, comfortable metatarsalgia shoes.

We unpack a few additional conservative ball of foot and metatarsalgia treatment options below.

A Few Tips for Metatarsalgia Treatment:

Avoid high heels: Since high heels or too-tight footwear can cause or worsen pain on the balls of your feet, omitting this footwear from your wardrobe can help soothe and treat your symptoms.

Rest or ice when needed: Since ball of foot pain and inflammation can flare up with high-impact activities, use the RICE method—rest, ice, compression, elevation—when experiencing pain, redness, or swelling after activity.

Modify exercise for low-impact activities: If you are active with weight-bearing or high-impact activities such as walking or jogging, consider modifying your exercise routine to practice low-impact activities such as swimming and biking.

Stretch your feet: Stretch your calves, roll out your plantar fascia, and stretch your feet by pulling back on your flexed foot with a towel.

Wear supportive footwear with a wide toe box: The best shoes for metatarsalgia and other ball of foot pain are those that absorb shock, offer plenty of cushion, and provide room for your toes and metatarsals. Choose cushioned shoes with metatarsal support and a generous toe box to reduce pressure or pinching.

Consider metatarsal pads: For additional cushion and comfort for the ball of your foot, consider adding a metatarsal pad inside your shoes.

Why Others With Metatarsalgia Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"These really work for me

I am an active 69 years young senior who walks 4 to 5 miles every other day. I play golf and ride my bike whe the weather is ok. I also have developed neuropathy in both feet at the ball of each foot making them tingling when walking and wearing any type of shoe. These shoes have stopped the tingling and feel great. So marked was the improvement I purchased a second pair within a week. Great product! SO WORTH THE MONEY!!"
-Kat69

"Finally!

My feet have been hurting for years and I have tried so many different shoes. My problem is in the ball and toe area. I tried several different shoes that said they were good for plantar fasciitis. Spent a lot of money on insoles. I ordered these because of a review. I don't know what it is because they don't have a hi arch or much of a insole but they area just comfortable!!! Im on my 5th pair and a new pair in the closet. They hold up well and like the style."
-No nicknames

"Most Comfortable Pair of Work Boots Ever!

I’ve been wearing these boots for about a week now. I work 12 hour shifts and they were comfy straight out of the box. I’ve had plantar fasciitis for the better part of 18 months and nothing I’ve tried has worked. These boot definitely helps. Did it cure my heel pain? No. But it makes it tolerable. I can actually distribute my weight evenly now when I walk whereas before all my weight had to go to the ball of my foot. I will definitely be buying another pair of Kuru’s when the time comes!"
-Jashe25

FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

What shoes are best for metatarsalgia?

The best shoes for metatarsalgia can help relieve symptoms with a few specific features. Metatarsal shoes—womens and mens alike—should offer enough cushion at the forefoot to absorb shock and enough space in the toe box to allow all your bones to rest flat. The shoe should feel comfortable and allow your feet to move naturally with each step.

Can plantar fasciitis cause metatarsalgia?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, or the connective tissue on the soles of the feet. Though plantar fasciitis pain typically starts at the base of the heel and is most intense in the arch and heel, it can extend to the balls of the feet, causing pain there as well.

How can I ease metatarsal pain?

With acute onset metatarsal pain, rest and ice can help relieve symptoms of inflammation. For chronic metatarsal pain, high-quality comfortable shoes with plenty of cushion and arch support can help keep your feet healthy and symptoms at bay.

How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURUs helped reduce or eliminate their pain—including pain in the balls of the feet!

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