How to ease ball of foot pain and calluses?

How to ease pain on ball of the foot?

The foot has a natural pressure dispatcher made up of fat globules: the fat pad. Unfortunately, this fat pad changes with age and under high pressure. As a consequence, it doesn’t play its role properly anymore and pain on the ball of the foot (under the metatarsal heads) or calluses can appear.

This pain also often occurs in high heels shoes, because the fat pad is not made to support this excess weight that is transferred to the forefoot.

When these pressures affect the whole area of the forefoot, we talk about metatarsalgia. When the pain is localized, it often means that there is a callus (thickening of the superficial layers of the skin). With EPITACT®, discover how to ease pain on the ball of the foot and how to relieve the foot callus pain.


How to relieve the foot callus pain and the ball of the foot?

Several preventive or curative solutions aim to relieve ball of foot pain and the callus pain under the foot. EPITACT® gives you some advice to get rid of them and recover a lasting comfort for your feet.

Ease your pain on the ball of your foot and callus with special foot cushions

If the discomfort is chronic or permanent: it is recommended to ease your ball of foot pain with the EPITACT® silicone cushions*.

Designed for daily use, these protections developed by EPITACT® protect the bottom of the forefoot. They integrate a thin silicone gel pad that reduces friction and pressure while walking. Their fabric is comfortable as it is thin, soft, elastic and doesn’t compress your foot in the shoe. In addition to relieving ball of foot pain, they prevent calluses from reappearing.  

You can also make an appointment with a specialist such as a podiatrist. He can remove the foot callus and ease the pain on the ball of your foot. He can also advise you about the most appropriate protection to avoid the reappearance of the foot callus and pain.

Wear well-fitted shoes

As we said above, the shoes are often one of the key risk or aggravating factors of ball of foot pain and calluses.

Indeed, wearing high heels increases the weight on the forefoot. As a result, this sensitive area suffers from excessive pressures. To ease pain on the ball of foot caused by these pressures, it is recommended to treat the cause first: the shoe. Indeed, some types of shoes are not recommended for people prone to pain under the forefoot and calluses.

Among these models of shoes, let’s name high heels (more than 4 or 5 cm), narrow shoes, too tight and too small shoes. Indeed, wearing high heels transfers the body weight to the forefoot. You should rather wear comfortable and wider footwear with a minor heel in order to limit the formation or aggravation of these foot problems.

Moisturise your skin regularly to relieve callus pain on your foot

Regular or daily moisturising plays an important role in preventing and reducing the formation of calluses. By limiting skin dryness on the feet, you avoid calluses and also limit the risk of ball of foot pain. Since calluses are often responsible for pain under the forefoot, preventing their formation would also prevent the onset of pain.


You have just discovered how to ease pain on the ball of your foot and how to relieve foot callus pain. For more information, read this next article about the way of removing a callus permanently.


*This solution is a class I medical device that bears the CE marking under this regulation. Carefully read the instructions before use. Manufacturer: Millet Innovation. 04/2020