Best shoes for metatarsalgia?

Tennisfred

New User
I've had problems with metatarsalgia (soreness behind my toes). I was using Asics Gel Revolution 5s and tried Babolat SFX both of which aggravate the condition. I have had good success with New Balance 786 with custom orthotics inserted but would like a shoe that is higher end. It seems to me the 786s work because the shoe isn't so stiff. Any suggestions?
 

QuadCam

Professional
I have yet to find a tennis shoe with great ball of foot cushioning. Custom orthotics are your best bet..... And then find tennis shoe that fit them.
 

themitchmann

Hall of Fame
I've had problems with metatarsalgia (soreness behind my toes). I was using Asics Gel Revolution 5s and tried Babolat SFX both of which aggravate the condition. I have had good success with New Balance 786 with custom orthotics inserted but would like a shoe that is higher end. It seems to me the 786s work because the shoe isn't so stiff. Any suggestions?
I was teaching in a low cushion, speed shoe (original Prince Rebels), and started having pain. I switched to Prince T22 and they solved the problem for me.

I learned that if I'm standing up all day, I need some cushion. If I'm only playing for an hour or 2, the Rebels are just fine.
 
You should get a Pedag brand insole that has a metatarsal pad. I am currently wearing the Diadora Speed Star K VI which works pretty well for me. Also, you should get a shoe that doesn't bend in the middle. I've had good luck with K-Swiss shoes as well. They should be a little wider as well to give your midfoot some room.
 
I have huge ball of foot/metatarsal problems

I wear Lunar Ballistecs with Orange Superfeet. Sometimes when I have a lot of metatarsal pain, I put a shaped graphite sheet under the insole. You can get these online or from DR.
 

QuadCam

Professional
BTW,

Watch out for a plantar plate tear. "metatarsalgia" is usually an early symptom that your plantar plate is in dagner of tearing.

I've done it twice.... and you'll be in a boot for a few months.
 

Fintft

Legend
Asics Gel Resolution 5 are notorius (enough) for giving metarsalgia even to slim, young college players.

I went back to Nike air (CB 4.3) and now Lunar Ballistecs with Dr. Scholl's active gel insoles and no more problems whatsoever on hard courts playing singles about 5 times per week for the last 5 months or so (looking forward to clay though, that's the only surface where I still use Asics Gel Resolution 5, the clay version).
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
BTW,

Watch out for a plantar plate tear. "metatarsalgia" is usually an early symptom that your plantar plate is in dagner of tearing.

I've done it twice.... and you'll be in a boot for a few months.
So a boot worked for you? I've been sidelined for about 8 months now with a foot injury. First doc said it was intermetatarsal bursitis, second doc disagreed, but said he couldn't diagnose it as anything conclusive other than Metatarsalgia. I haven't had an MRI. But from all my research and my symptoms, I believe it would have to be a Plantar Plate tear. How did you diagnose your issue and did you do anything other than a walking boot? Were your tears acute or chronic? Did any of your toes drift or "V". Sorry for all the questions. I need to make an appt to see another doc.
 

QuadCam

Professional
Mine were acute. Both times it happened while serving. I used to serve from a platform stance and it must have put alot of stress on my plantar plates.

It felt like tearing cardboard..i thought i broke my shoes. Lol. I stopped and looked at my shoes to see if something tore. My for didn't hurt too much but started to hurt and swell shortly after.

To make a long story short, i went to an orthopedic Dr who dismissed it and said he'd never actually seen a playdate plate tear. He just wanted to do shoot me up with cortisone. I later went to a podiatrist and insisted on an mri. The mri showed the torn plantar plate. About a year later, I tore the other one on the other foot.

I know serve from a pinpoint stance....no more problem
 
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