Re: ball of feet, are hurting soooo bad
I hardly ever wear sandals any more, unless I'm, say, going to a public pool, and even then I just wear them for the shortest possible distance.
I bought a pair of very light sneakers (intended for the near-barefoot runners crowd) and padded them with some inserts.
I picked out the inserts by going to a specialized shoe store with a pedorthist. They weren't as cheap as the drug-store stuff, but they weren't nearly as expensive as the custom ones. And they are so comfy!!!