Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best women’s shoes for metatarsalgia.
Do you have metatarsalgia and have been experiencing foot pain constantly? Do you know which shoe styles you are supposed to use to help treat this foot condition? While I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for women with metatarsalgia, I encourage you to get familiar with this condition. Moreover, if you have never experienced this condition, please keep in mind that it most likely feels like a stabbing pain in your feet. The good news is that certain shoes will help reduce or fully eliminate the pain.
As you may know, metatarsalgia is a foot condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you are involved in high impact activities. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.
Moreover, metatarsalgia is a common foot disorder that can affect the bones and joints at the ball-of-the-foot. Although generally not so serious, metatarsalgia can sideline you. Fortunately, wearing the correct type of shoes with shock-absorbing insoles and arch support might prevent or minimize further complications associated with metatarsalgia.
Certain shoes provide shock absorption and extra support to targeted areas of your feet, which will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your foot pain. I have fitted certain shoe styles that come with infused gel for extra support. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
You should be aware that wearing narrow, small shoes or even high heels can cause your foot pain to worsen. Also, a hammertoe, and swollen painful bumps at the base of your big toes (bunions) can cause metatarsalgia.
The best way to treat and cure metatarsalgia is through appropriate footwear. Some shoe companies make footwear that helps this condition and I will go into detail shortly.
I have noticed through the years that most women’s foot and leg pain is directly associated with the shoes that they wear and how they fit. It all starts with wearing the correct type of shoes.
Since I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years, I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes. Moreover, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems but provide regular shoe fittings as well.
One of the most logical and practical methods to allow you to be active starts from the ground up!
In this post, I am going to show you a selection of the best women’s shoes for metatarsalgia, but first I want to make sure you know your exact foot size and the features that these shoes have to offer.
Metatarsalgia– Wearing the Right Shoes!
When shopping for metatarsalgia shoes there are many key features to consider. However, the most important feature to look for in shoes for metatarsalgia is extra support and cushioning, especially for the arch of the foot.
A pair of good, supportive shoes will cushion and protect your feet, allowing you to walk and run better, and reduce or fully eliminate the pain you were experiencing.
The right type of shoes will also keep your feet healthy and will enable you to keep up with your daily routine without having any foot issues.
Any doctor, physical therapist, or shoe fitter will tell you that choosing the right type of shoes is critical if you suffer from metatarsalgia.
Always take your time to try shoes on, and do not be afraid to return shoes if they are not fitting the shape of your feet perfectly.
Causes of Metatarsalgia —Be Informed & Ready to Take Action!
In some cases, a single factor can lead to metatarsalgia. However, the following are contributing factors that cause metatarsalgia:
✅ High impact activities
✅ Repetitive stress on the foot
✅ Poorly fitting shoes
Finding the right pair of shoes for metatarsalgia can provide the support your feet need to help relieve your pain so you can continue with your daily activities.
Please be aware that if left untreated, metatarsalgia might lead to pain in other parts of the same or opposite foot and pain elsewhere in the body, such as the low back or hip, due to limping (altered gait) from foot pain.
You should always take your time, try shoes on, and do not be afraid to return shoes if they are not working for your feet.
This brings me to my next point…
Are You 100% Sure You Know Your Exact Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!
Most women look at the length of their foot and purchase shoe sizes accordingly, not knowing that this will make your feet hurt!
Bear in mind that to get all the benefits and features that a good shoe provides, you must wear them in the correct shoe size. Most women are walking around with shoes that are either too short or too narrow for their feet.
It’s important to know your exact foot size, especially if you are going to be buying your shoes online.
Start by reading an article that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
Remember it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoe is not fitted properly, you will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you can end up creating all sorts of foot issues to your feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
The shoes I will describe below are available in different widths. This means that it doesn’t matter if you have extra wide feet or a high instep, the shoes below will accommodate the shape of your feet.
Now that you know what features your shoes must provide and how to figure out your exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best women’s shoes for metatarsalgia.
I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
The Best Women Shoes for Metatarsalgia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best women’s shoes for metatarsalgia.
All of these shoe styles are available in different widths such as narrow (N), medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW), which means that it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your feet are, these shoe styles will accommodate the shape of your feet as long as you choose the correct shoe width.
Keep in consideration that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
You always want to wear half a size longer than the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
If you measure a foot size 5 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 6 to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out what shoe size you should order.
On a different note, if you have a child and you are looking to provide them with a pair of good supportive shoes, you can go to a page I created on fitting children’s shoes, where you can find all information related to shoe fittings and more. Kindly click on the link below.
Fitting Children’s Shoes (FCS) is the best place to find solutions to your kids’ foot problems.
Metatarsalgia is one of the most common foot problems women face, along with hammer toes and plantar fasciitis.
If you have a particular foot shape that makes it hard for you to find shoes that fit please do not hesitate to contact me, and I will help you find them:
Certainly, do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or in the comments section with further questions that I will most likely be able to answer. I will continue to post informative articles penned by me that address important topics such as this one.