Balls of feet

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Hi, can anyone suggest what to put in my shoes to stop the balls of my feet aching and causing me to limp? I bought a well known brand of inner soles but they did not do the trick. I also tried gel half sole but still no good - heeeeeeelp please.



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    Hi Jean i have the exact same problem, find it very diffucult to find comfy shoes, my problem isnt helped by the fact my ligaments on my big toes is tight and pulling up my toes so the balls of my feet is more pronounced and slams on the ground with every step., ive tried all sorts of foot insoles, the best are the memory type ones, You sure its just your balls of feet and not the whole metatarsalgia, when this drops it affects the whol area and aches like blazes.  I have been told i have this as well. Dread the Summer as everything hurts my feet. Roll on winter as this is the only time im ok wearing my boots.

    Also keep the skin around the ball of the foot down and soft. This can add to the pain as well, i soak my feet and use one of them scrapers with blade in, but go carefully as very sharp.never cut myself yet. Helps also to rub in a good foot moisteriser every night and before getting dressed in the mornings. 

    Have you been to a chirododist to see what they say, It was then i was diagnosed with dropped metatarsal erea.  Its hurting now, and im only sitting by computer as well. Always worse in the summer. Plus is your instep  areas supported properly.   Ive had to make sure my sandals have backs now as feet wernt getting enough support with the strap type behind ankle and the insoles kept  working out as i walked, they went one way whilst i went the other.



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      Hi, Sorry to hijack this thread but your feet sound very similar to mine!  I was curious as to whether the pain you get also sometimes feels like the balls of your feet have got carpet burn as well? Mine are sometimes so bad I literally can't walk 😞. TIA

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      Hi jenny your not hijacking at all, the more the better. Yes it can feel like carpet burn, one summer i just had to go home as so bad but was wearing sandals with no insoles and no support at all. Ive just bought some slip on black and gold light weight shoes from Avon, Really quite comfy, Havnt tried walking a long distance in them yet though.i usually have to buy one size extra to allow for insoles but with these you dont need any.  Im getting pain on the side of my little toe though, always something hurts somewhere.  The burning, carpet burn sensation can be arthritis of the feet as well. Need foot wear that fits and supports you feet so theres no sliding from side to side as this can cause the burning too.

      Not good when one feels so uncomfortable they cant bear to walk is it.sad

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      Many thanks for your response. I fear I am just cursed with deformed feet. For the most part I wear sensible shoes with custom made orthotics in. But maybe once per month I dare to don a less sensible shoe (yet still more sensible than most) for a few hours & end up in agony 😩.  I've had the burning sensation since my late teens. I'm thinking  if my GP will refer me to an Orthopaedic surgeon to see to a bunion that is causing bother then maybe the consultant can also shed light on my aching feet🤞.

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