1. Wear shoes that are wide enough in the forefoot to accommodate your feet after they swell at the end of the day. You can determine if your shoes are wide enough by tracing around your foot on a piece of paper and then comparing this tracing to your shoe.

2. Avoid high heels as this places the ball of the foot under HUGE amounts of pressure and can easily cause damage to ligaments/tendons and joints.

3. Avoid bending down in such a way that your sore foot is flexing at the forefoot. This is common when cleaning and gardening. Someone else can do that for now!

4. Make sure that you have good cushioning in the front of the shoe. 1cm or greater of spongy material is ideal in the shoe’s sole plus a cushioned innersole. Barefoot and ballet flat shoes are not good for
people with forefoot pain.

5. You need to have pressure re-distributed in the forefoot, that is where a PODIATRIST comes in. We use ‘metatarsal domes’ and ‘metatarsal bars’ to re-distribute pressure away from the painful area so that is can heal quickly. We do this by placing the domes/bars in your shoes in varying locations depending on the diagnosis and foot shape.

6. For a serious forefoot problem, we often make an orthotic to offload the forefoot and address the biomechanical cause of the problem. This is absolutely the best way to eliminate your forefoot pain with lasting results.