oSome people gradually lose the fat pad that cushions the area under the metatarsal heads as they age. If there is less cushion the bones feel more of the load and this causes pain oSome people were born with a deformity known as Morton's toe in which the first metatarsal bone (long bone of the big toe) is short. As a result the second metatarsal or second toe is longer than the big toe. This causes most of the body weight to be put onto the second metatarsal head. This overloads this bone and causes pain Short Description Many women suffer pain and burning in the ball of the feet from wearing high fashion shoes. Given a choice between wearing fashionable shoes and pain, many women choose pain rather than give up their fashionable shoes and boots. Sculptra(r), also known as Poly-L-Lactic Acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, may help with foot pain. Diabetes is a very serious condition that has many complications which includes blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, and foot ulcerations. These complications are acquired over time and greatly increase mortality rates. A person diagnosed with diabetes before the age of 40 will lose 15-20 years of their life! Insufficient Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium These three minerals are interdependent. They will help your endurance and recovery. Check with a health food store and pick up a supplement that contains all three. You will find that such a combined supplement is readily available. Heart rate symptoms Start taking your resting heart rate each AM before you get out of bed. Over time you should see a trend of heart rates develop. A rise of 3-5 beats on the day following a workout can indicate fatigue or can indicate an illness coming on. The resting AM heart rate is a good indicator of how your body is doing. Biomechanical factors are often created in individuals who are involved in activities such as running as previously stated, and sports that are of high impact to the feet such as aerobics, basketball, football and long distance power walking. These are the types of activities that are instrumental in causing stress fractures, and generally are the precursor of future problems in the feet Metatarsophalangeal joint pain can also result from osteoarthritis or stiffening of the joints of the ball of the foot, often at the big toe joint. Most people with these disorders have an abnormal motion of the foot when bearing weight and walking. Symptoms and Diagnosis On the other hand, shoes that are too wide can cause shearing stress under the foot as it slides around, causing callus to build up under the ball of the foot and under the toes. A narrow foot in a wide shoe will slide forwards, causing compression and curling of the toes. By allowing your toes to curl inside a shoe, you disturb the resting positions of your extensor and flexor muscles. Over time, this can result in fatigue and even cramp. This article sheds some light on a common type of foot pain called Metatarsalgia, more commonly known as Ball of Foot Pain. Hot foot occurs most often on long rides. It may develop sooner or more intensely on hilly courses because climbs cause greater pedaling pressure. The pain results when nerves are squeezed between the heads of each foot’s five long metatarsal bones. These heads are in the wide part of the foot (the “ball”) just behind the toes. My worst case of hot foot occurred on a 3,400-mile, 24-day transcontinental ride. With an average distance of 140 miles per day, no rest days and more than 100,000 feet of vertical gain, my dogs were smoking by the third week. Various methods have been described to correct the intermetatarsal angle. Soft tissue correction can be achieved by suturing the lateral capsule of the first metatarsal to the medial capsule of the second metatarsal, incorporating the intervening, previously released adductor tendon. A loss of reduction can occur due to the forces that oppose the suture repair as well as the possibility that poor tissue quality can contribute to a loss of reduction. I have many Dr. Scholl's products as I have metatarsalgia. This probably was caused by wearing high heeled shoes in my teens and twenties. I have also had foot surgeries, where bones were removed from my toes, and feet.