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 padded portion of the anterior extremity of the sole of the foot.
See also: ball
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With metatarsalgia, the pain is across the entire ball of the foot where the five bones of the foot connect to each toe.
The front foot glides and lands softly on the ball of the foot. If the front side is slow and does not start forward until the arm is prepared to deliver the ball, the pitcher should be able to take a large stride that will take him closer to the target upon release.
The very soft thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) insole is said to provide cushioning and relief in the part of the foot that needs the most support when wearing a high heel, the ball of the foot and toe areas.
The problem examined was bottom-of-the-foot pain--a symptom of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tough connective tissue that links the ball of the foot with the heel.
The way forward however has been announced; collagen implants for the ball of the foot. Clearly I am not the only woman who suffers then!
Choose well-cushioned dress shoes with a firm sole, leather upper, and flexible area at the ball of the foot. Expert say the best time to buy shoes is in the afternoon or after a long walk, when feet are largest.
ACarnation Footcare chiropodist Kimby Osborne: Metatarsalgia, which people say feels like walking on pebbles, is pain resulting from inflamed metatarsals (the joints at the ball of the foot), usually due to excessive pressure on the foot, caused by ill-fitting or restrictive footwear, or by high-impact exercise on feet without the correct footwear.
The soft silicone gel cushions reduce pressure on the toes and metatarsals, while their anatomical design supports the ball of the foot and helps relieve the burning sensation under metatarsal heads by acting as a soft tissue supplement for metatarsalgia.