ball of the foot


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ball of the foot

the padded portion of the sole, which overlies the heads of the metatarsals, on which the weight rests when the heel is raised.

ball of the foot

the part of the foot composed of the distal heads of the metatarsals and their surrounding fatty fibrous tissue pad.

ball of the foot

The padded portion of the anterior extremity of the sole of the foot.
See also: ball
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Seniors seeking holiday gifts might find themselves with sore feet instead, due to a common function of aging - depletion of the fat pad located at the ball of the foot.
Pain in the ball of the foot is the first warning sign indicating the second toe might crossover and eventually limit the activity of an older patient," said Hatch.
But persistent pain might indicate one of these conditions, which can be helped with over-the-counter products, such as gel metatarsal pads that cushion the ball of the foot.
The foot should land in the three o'clock position and the athlete should stay up on the ball of the foot throughout the next run in order to maintain hip motion and lift at delivery.
Seniors seeking holiday gifts might find themselves with sore feet instead, due to a common function of aging, depletion of the fat pad located at the ball of the foot.
Although some will argue for a heel-first landing, especially for older or less accomplished runners, many authorities call for you to land on the lower part of the ball of the foot, drop the heel, and push off the ball of the foot.
Ideally, the metatarsals (toe joints) should be the same length, so that the entire ball of the foot takes the weight of the body.
By creating a double hinge system - one hinge under the ball of the foot in the skate boot, and one at the tip of the toe - the K2 skate allows full leg extension, and delivers more stroking power.
Unable to push-off from the ball of the foot, the foot must be lifted off the ground flat instead of the usual rolling step.