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Metatarsalgia Shoes

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Posted 8 months ago


Last updated: 17/02/2023


by James McCormack

Metatarsalgia is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the sole of the forefoot. It can be causes by sudden increases in activity levels such as running or walking, high heels, poorly supported footwear or foot deformities. As shoes and running shoes play such a vital role in the cause of Metatarsalgia, we will discuss and recommend our favourite footwear for Metatarsalgia.

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in foot & ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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Best Shoes for Metatarsalgia

The best shoes for Metatarsalgia should have a thick, cushioned sole to reduce the impact on the metatarsal heads. There should be stability and rigidity throughout the midsole to reduce excess movement of the foot when walking and a deep heel cup to help stabilise the subtalar joint of the ankle.

Best Sandals For Metatarsalgia

The Naot Sandal is one of our favourite brands of sandals due to their cork sole, which is contoured to give additional medial arch support while absorbing impact when walking.

The three straps across the foot and additional heel straps provide an element of stability that most sandals lack, while their insole is replaceable so that you can alter the required support level.

Overall sandals aren’t fantastic for Metatarsalgia but if the weather is hot we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Naot Sandal for Metatarsalgia.

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Best Shoes For Metatarsalgia

Our recommended shoe for Metatarsalgia is the Sketchers Go Walk shoe as it has an excellent combination of a lightweight rubber sole and a mesh cover.

The lightweight rubber sole absorbs shock from the ground when walking to protect the sole of the foot while the mesh top cover allows the toes to spread for those with a wider foot.

Sketchers are renowned for their reliability and durability and we have found that they are excellent shoes for Metatarsalgia.

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Best Running Shoes For Metatarsalgia

We recommend the Hoka One as the best running shoe for Metatarsalgia. We love their low heel drop, extra padded cushioning that’s responsive and their wide-fit toe box.

They are one of the most cushioned running trainers on the market, and we love that they have maintained stability despite the additional cushioning.

The low heel drop reduces the pressure of the forefoot, and their wide-fitting toe box accommodates most foot shapes making the Hoka One best-running shoe for Metatarsalgia.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments.

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