Looking for the best cross trainers for ball of foot pain? You are not alone! Thing is, I have been seeing people coming to my site looking for the right shoes that can relief them of this forefoot pain but I know my previous articles weren’t specific enough to offer much help. I aim to correct that with this new article that looks through all the different cross training shoes brands and see which model offers more support for those suffering from ball of foot pain. This article will also looked at the best cross trainers for men with bad knee.
- Why you need a good pair of cross trainers when you have ball of foot pain
- Best cross trainers for Morton’s Neuroma
- Best women cross trainers for forefoot pain
- Best cross trainers for forefoot pain for men
- Cross training with bad knees
- What type of cross training shoes to look out for a bad knee
- Top rated cross trainers for bad knee
Why you need a good pair of cross trainers when you have ball of foot pain
Cross training is a much more high impact exercise relative to running. Some of the actions, for example, require you to jump and land flat footed on the ground. During these impacts, your ball of foot or forefoot will experience greater pain if you are already have some issues with it. Although inserting insoles and such can help cushion the foot and lessened the pain, it is best that you buy yourself the right pair of cross trainers for that additional cushioning and support.
Best cross trainers for Morton’s Neuroma
A particular case of forefoot pain is morton’s neuroma, which a thickening of the nerve fiber on your feet. Morton’s neuroma is caused by over repetitive motions that scarred the nerve fibers, thus causing the skin around it to thicken. This symptom is more commonly seen in women’s feet. Hence, you will see more women cross trainers that caters to this problem, relatively to men.
If you have morton’s neuroma, you need to buy cross trainers with
- Wider forefoot to avoid cramping the toes
- Extra forefoot cushioning
- Low heel as too high a heel will force the weight of your feet on to the toes and worsen the pain
Best women cross trainers for forefoot pain
Asic Gel Intensity 2 review
For females, one of the most suitable cross trainers is the Asics GEL Intensity 2 Cross-Training Shoe. Its main selling point is its forefoot cushioning which really does it job well. As you jump around, you will not feel any strong feedback or impact to your toe area, which will great reduce the pain on the ball of foot.
It also has a nice heel support so it is a viable cross training shoe for Plantar Fasciitis as well, which is a serve form of heel pain.
Due to the forefoot cushioning and the excellent heel support, it is a great overall women cross training shoe as it absorbs the impact from the workouts. Added to the fact that it is very light weight and you got yourself a nice pair of shoes to consider for your forefoot problem.
Another good brand I have hear good things about is the TEVA speed. While TEVA is generally more well known for its sandals, this model is surprising ideal for folks with forefoot pain.
One of the reviewers had Morton’s neuroma surgery and had no problem wearing this shoe as it provide plenty of forefoot cushioning.
The only downside is that the heels can be a bit narrow. If you have a wide foot, it is best to avoid this and go for the ASICS instead. If you need more recommendation on women shoes, check out this article of best women cross trainers with wide toe box.
New Balance Women WW847 review
One of the most popular shoe for folks with foot problems is this New Balance WW847. For women who have ball of foot pain, this is a perfect shoe as it is wide and nicely cushioned. One reviewer was a nurse who had this problem and have no problems once she switched to wearing this shoe. Since a nurse walks a lot, the fact that she recommended this shoe means it does really work.
Besides providing good cushion, the WW847 also is good wide foot shoe. It is extremely spacious at the toe area and gives it plenty of room to wriggle in. However, do note that there is a WW847 v2 that has less toe area and hence, might not be suited for those with wide toe problem.
In addition, these shoes are light weight and have very breathable interior due to the tiny holes along the sides. In fact, you can even use them as jazzercise shoes as they are very suited for indoor use.
New Balance WT810 v2 trail shoes for women
The New Balance WT810 v2 is one shoe that offers great cushioning at the ball of foot area. Despite the cushioning, it is still surprising light and makes for a really great trail shoe to wear on the go. Whether you used them for walking or for trail running, it will provide relief for those suffering from ball of foot pain.
The material used was great as it made the shoe suitable for all kinds of terrain wear. Be it running through mud, water or dry surface, the shoe will not slip or cause any discomfort. More importantly, it washes well so it can be cleaned easily at the end of the day.
The only odd thing about the design is the pointy toe at the front. It doesn’t affect the comfort level as the area just before the toe is still wide. It just feels a bit strange wearing it the first to see a pointy toe.
Overall, the WT810 is a great shoe for runners with ball of foot pain. It is properly cushioned at the right areas such that you don’t have to suffer through any leg or back pain.
New Balance women running shoe for ball of foot pain
For runners with pain in the ball of foot area, the WR10GY is a good option to consider. Sometimes, the pain can be caused by too much heel lift, instead of insufficient cushioning. This is where the WR10GY comes in as it is a minimalist shoe, meaning it has a low heel to toe drop.
Reviews for this model has been fantastic on Amazon. Many people are saying that their pain is long after wearing this model, even for those with ball of foot problem.
However, since they are meant to mimic barefoot running, do break into them slowly if you have not try a zero drop running shoe before. Don’t worry though. Despite even called a barefoot running shoe, there is still some cushioning within the shoe so it doesn’t feel like you are running barefoot on solid ground.
If you are a constant runner with ball of foot pain, this shoe might be your solution.
Best cross trainers for forefoot pain for men
I have highlighted this shoe in my roundup of the best cross trainers for each brand. It is a good choice for those with ball on foot pain as it has a wide toe box and solid forefoot cushioning to provide some relief for your feet.
However, upon reading the reviews, I suggest you get yourself another gel insert if your ball at foot pain is rather serious. It will offer a much greater level of comfort for your pain, even when you are doing these high impact cross training exercises.
Although I am a women, I must admit that most of my readers are men. How do I know this? I track the keywords people are using to find this blog and they are all used the word “for men”. I doubt any women will use such search terms 🙂
So, in order to better serve my male readers, I am writing more articles that help to solve their problems specifically. In this case, it about finding the top cross training shoes for men with bad knee.
Cross training with bad knees
If you are recovering from a knee injury or you always have problems with it, I don’t think it is ideal that you should be engaging in high impact cross training workouts such as HIIT training. I am not a doctor but it is common sense to avoid these type of training as they demand a lot on your knees.
Here is the kind of cross training exercises that I recommend:
- Weight lifting for your legs to build the relevant muscle areas to protect your bad knee
- Swimming is ideal as it is a non impact exercise but allows you to build your leg muscles
- Using an elliptical machine instead of a bicycle if you have injured your knee due to cycling
The key point is to avoid exerting pressure on areas where your knee is having problems. As long as you intelligently uses the above exercises, you can still engage in cross training workouts.
What type of cross training shoes to look out for a bad knee
Since your knee is weak, your shoes should be distributing the pressure of any exercising off your knee and to other parts of the your leg or feet. View from this perspective, the buying criteria is almost the same as for any other types of cross trainers. Specifically, you want your cross training shoes to be able to;
- Provide solid cushioning to impact the pressure to your knees
- Strong lateral solid to avoid using your knees to balance an unstable footing
- Minimal heel lift to again avoid putting your knee is an uncomfortable position
Using the following criteria, many of my previous recommendations are still relevant here. I suggest you read the following reviews to have a sense of what kind of shoes you should be looking out for:
- Best men cross training shoes for 2015
- Best cross training shoes for flat feet
- Ultimate guide to each brand flat feet cross trainers
Top rated cross trainers for bad knee
If you don’t want to read the articles, here are some of the models that I personally love the most
The Reebok Men’s Nano 4.0 is still one of my favorite men cross trainers for 2015. With a padded forefoot, strong cushioning and a low heel lift, it is a solid cross training shoe that deserves its solid reviews.
Reebok has spare no expenses trying to develop this shoe just for the cross training crowd and it was greeted with much appreciation. Everything from its anti-slip bottom to its mesh exterior for better air flow has been designed thoughtfully.
If you want just one recommendation from me, this would be it. It was released in 2015 and is a great cross training shoe for bad knee.
Overall, I must apologies for the male readers as the choices are out there for those with ball to foot pain and morton’s neuroma and bad knee is really limited. If you have personal good experiences with any other brands, I will welcome you to share them in the comments section so that others can benefit as well.