A great way to experience all that downtown Houston, TX has to offer is through a food tour! On May 17, 2014 join others in a culinary adventure that will have you walking the streets, seeing new restaurants and experiencing fantastic food. However, this type of evening will require a comfortable pair of shoes if you want to avoid ball of foot pain.
There could be several reasons for pain in the ball of your foot. You could have metatarsalgia from excess stress and pressure on the metatarsal bones in the ball of your foot. Pain could also result from a deformity such as bunions or hammertoes. Morton’s neuroma, a growth of fibrous tissue around a nerve in your foot, is another common reason for ball of foot pain. Finally, a stress fracture in your foot or toe bones could be causing your discomfort.
The shoes you wear can both prevent such a condition from occurring and help in the healing process. Your feet have a certain shape and structure that needs to be properly supported when you are on them all day or engaged in activities. Wearing a pair of shoes that squeezes, constricts, or causes certain parts of the foot to absorb more impact than it can handle will eventually lead to discomfort—or even injury over time. There aren’t any hard and fast rules, although it is generally a good idea to avoid high heels if you want to avoid ball of foot pain. The height puts your entire body weight onto the ball of the foot and the narrow toe boxes do no favors for you either. Stick with a low chunky heel with a wide toe box if necessary, and if you are into sports, it is imperative to wear shoes with adequate support, cushioning, and shock absorption that fit your feet well. Custom Orthotics are ideal for ball of foot pain, no to be confused with the ones from the drug stores.
If changing your shoes isn’t helping to solve your foot pain, it is time for us to step in. Contact Dr. Jeff Bowman at Houston Foot Specialists for treatment that will keep your feet feeling great. Call our office in Houston, TX at (713) 467-8886 for an appointment today.