Evidence-Based Use of Metatarsal Pads | Lower Extremities Review Magazine (2023)

Evidence-Based Use of Metatarsal Pads | Lower Extremities Review Magazine (1)Plantar pressure analysis studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Met pads for forefoot relief and help clinicians determine which patients are most likely to benefit from different pad designs and placement strategies.

Von Greg Gargiulo

Metatarsal pads, commonly referred to simply as metatarsal pads, are commonly prescribed shoe modification devices used to relieve pressure on the metatarsal head.1The metatarsal pad is typically used to shift load from the metatarsal head to the metatarsal shaft and surrounding tissues, reducing pressure on the metatarsal head and relieving symptoms in that area.1,2

"It's all about transferring stress, so try picking up a specific point on the foot, usually the ball of the foot, with one paw and trying to transfer it to a more proximal region," said Michael Mueller, PT., PhD, chief from the physical therapy research department at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

Met pads are commonly used as a simple and inexpensive conservative treatment for a variety of conditions.3,4These include metatarsalgia,1,5,6diabetic peripheral neuropathy and associated foot ulcers,2,7-9Rheumatoid arthritis,10and flat foot,11and the literature on its effectiveness is generally favorable.1,5,7,11

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Met pads date back to at least the 1930s, when orthopedist Dr. physician Emil Hauser made long, curved Met pads from surgical wool felt by hand and applied them directly to patients' shoes.12Since then, the increased use of metal inserts has been accompanied by significant improvements, and several designs are now available.13

While the wide variety of Met Pad designs offer more options for clinicians, the options can also be overwhelming and make it difficult to create evidence-based clinical protocols. However, in certain patient populations, studies looking at plantar pressure have led to a better understanding of optimal electrode use and placement.1,14

"I've been using it in my practice for over fifteen years with great success, but not all metal patches are created equal and not all metal patches are right for everyone, so we really have to do a case-by-case assessment of our expected results regarding its use," said Ryan Robinson, CPed, former president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and current president of Walking Mobility Clinics in Ontario.

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Metatarsalgia, or pain on the plantar side of the foot in the area of ​​the metal heads, is a common problem that often occurs when the pressure tolerance of the focal tissue under the metal heads is exceeded.15-17A study by Craxford et al. of 1982 found little difference in the results of surgical versus non-surgical treatment of metatarsalgia associated with rheumatoid arthritis, supporting the use of Met pads as a conservative strategy for the condition.1,18

Studies evaluating Met pads for metatarsalgia were mostly positive. Kan et al. found that the application of metal pads is an effective method of reducing pressure discharge under metal heads and relieving symptoms of metatarsalgia.5Hsi et al. showed not only that the metal pads reduced pressure, but also that optimal pressure reduction is achieved when the peak pressures of the pads are close to those of the metal head.1

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Since the most common cause of diabetic plantar ulcers is excessive plantar pressure in the presence of sensory neuropathy and foot deformity,19Methamphetamine pads are regularly used by physicians to reduce forefoot pressure and skin damage in at-risk patients.

Met pads are often combined with pads in studies with diabetics, again with success. Two studies found that combining a Met pad with a full contact insole (TCI) reduced pressure under Met heads, with the greatest reductions occurring with optimal placement (i.e., when the distal aspect of the pad was 6.1 -10, placed 6 mm proximal). 🇧🇷 to a line that identifies the head of the Met).2,7

The use of Met Pads for other conditions was also explored, as two additional studies found that metatarsal shells are the most effective forefoot pads for reducing peak plantar pressure in the treatment of flat feet and forefoot pain, respectively, in older adults. old.11,20

Although pathologies and patient characteristics may provide some clues to efficacy, an evidence-based prescribing system is still lacking.10,11,20

"It's a mechanical phenomenon - it's going to help the person who has a lot of stress in their head, and that's the clear clue, regardless of other prevailing diagnoses," Mueller said.

But for Rob Sobel, CPed, vice president of the Pedorthic Footcare Association and owner of Sobel Orthotics & Shoes in New Paltz, NY, certain patient characteristics may matter and others may not.

"Age doesn't seem to be as relevant in my experience, but I have to say that when you're dealing with an extremely sensitive foot, it's important to stay away from metal pads," Sobel said. “In these cases, the patient may not be able to get used to the pad and other modalities need to be used, as a problem. Fall hazard."

More research may be needed to better define which patients are most likely to benefit from metabolic pads, but pad design has been studied in a little more depth. Some pods are molded from a recipe template, while others are separate pre-made devices made from a variety of materials including felt,21Polyurethane foam,5silicone,8cap,2and latex foam10– in various shapes and sizes.10

"Prescribing forefoot pads should depend on the condition being treated," said Dr. Karl Landorf, senior lecturer and research coordinator in the Department of Podiatry at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. "For example, a patient with rheumatoid arthritis with extensive synovitis of the metatarsophalangeal joints may need different cushioning in the forefoot than someone with extensive metatarsalgia below the medial metatarsal heads."

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Nordsiden et al. evaluated three different shapes of metallic pads made of self-adhesive orthopedic felt (metal dome, U-shaped pad, and donut-shaped pad) in patients with flat feet during walking. The researchers found that the metal domes were the most effective option for reducing peak and midplantar pressure, while the U-shaped pad was close behind; The donut-shaped pad did not cause significant changes in plantar pressure. Furthermore, 70% of patients reported that the metal cup was the most comfortable of the three; However, the researchers cautioned that clinicians should consider other factors when selecting or designing the appropriate pad, such as: B. Location and intensity of pain, type of footwear and comfort, and pad materials.11

Jackson and others. also found that 70% of patients preferred the dome design insole over the bar design, although the bar is more effective in reducing mean peak pressure and therefore the researchers recommend it as the first choice of treatment. 🇧🇷10

Another study by Symeonidis et al. compared prefabricated metal pads (made from urethane foam) with metal rods (outer shoe modifications made from high-density rubber) in healthy subjects.22They found that both thrusts under the second metatarsal head were significantly reduced compared with the shoes alone, although the reduction was significantly greater with the Met rods than with the Met pads.

In contrast, Landorf et al.20found that in older adults with forefoot pain, a metal cup (from the PPT) placed 5 mm distal to the metatarsal head was associated with a significantly greater reduction in plantar pressure than a metal rod or metal cup placed 10 mm distal. However, the researchers caution that these results are difficult to compare with other studies due to differences in pad placement protocol and elderly patient population.20

Based on his findings, which he believes are robust, Landor said, "Patients with relatively mild forefoot pain generally benefit more from a metabolic cup. In particular, anyone with pain below the medial metatarsal heads, and that includes adults young and old.”

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While weather domes seem to outperform other designs overall, it is still difficult to draw definitive conclusions based on the literature on the most effective form or material for weather protection panels.10,11,20

"I don't think there's a lot of evidence for the specific shape, but clinically and intuitively it should be tapered distally for the stress gradient to be smooth," Mueller said. "So I think the key is that the stiffness of the material has to be greater than the soft tissue of the foot,
because you're trying to transfer stress from the metal heads to the soft tissue, so you have to compress the soft tissue from the metabolic pads."

More work is needed to further investigate the role of form and material, but current research highlights the essential role of proper metal pad placement, which some believe is more important than the design itself.1,2,4,20,21

"I would say location is the most important thing to get a positive or negative response," said Müller.

Hastings et al placed a prefabricated cork pad at multiple locations on the foot, all covering the three central metatarsals, and found that the optimal placement distance for the most consistent pressure reduction is 6.1 to 10.6 mm proximal to a line that identifies the metatarsal. Head.2Hsi et al. also found that Metonic foam pads resulted in the greatest pressure reductions when placed directly near the peak pressure of the Metonic head, which they found to be the ideal position for pressure relief.1

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Landorfet al.20found that distal placement of a Met pad was effective in relieving forefoot plantar pressure, and Hayda et al.21found that felt pads placed 5 mm distal to the Met heads resulted in a greater pressure drop than pads placed 5 mm proximal. However, most authors currently agree that the ideal position for the met pads is in line with Hsi's recommendations.5,11,22

However, despite all the evidence, some clinicians still have difficulty getting Met Pads into their intended position, while others may avoid them altogether due to ignorance or concerns about initial patient discomfort.2,23Improper placement may also partially explain the variability in patient responses in some studies.1,2,7

"Because it takes time and effort to educate patients about the possibility of intolerance to metabolic pads and how to treat it, and effort to get patients to come back when there is a problem, clinicians often avoid the problem altogether," said Robert. Ferrari, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Canada.

To assess intolerance, Ferrari followed 60 patients with nonspecific low back pain wearing custom foot orthoses with large metal pads for six weeks and informed them of possible initial discomfort in the first week. After the necessary adjustments, almost all patients ended up tolerating the pads; only one still reported pain or discomfort at the end of the study.23

"If each physician simply informs the patient in advance that initial discomfort is normal, which devices should be used, and which ones to return if there is any concern, this electrode mismatch issue can be resolved," Ferrari said.

For some clinicians, it's always a work in progress and making the necessary changes for each patient based on their personal response.

"You have to accept that you might have to adapt," Robinson said. "Your mods and tweaks are part of the game when it comes to Metonic pads, and sometimes you have to rip them off and try something different to get the best fit."

George Holmes Jr, MD, associate professor and director of the Foot and Ankle Department at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, believes that control should be placed in the hands of patients.

"I think if they just get a few instructions and a few key tips, they can take care of the pads from there and they don't need me or any of my assistants to help them put them back in," he said.

One way to monitor careful electrode placement and assess effectiveness is to use real-time plantar pressure measurements before and after placement.5

"I don't think there's anything on the market that helps you judge the success or failure of a custom foot orthosis like the shoe pressure test," said Bruce Williams, DPM, director of the gait laboratory at Weil Foot. & Ankle Institute. in Chicago and founder of Breakthrough Podiatry in Merrillville, IN. "With the system, I immediately get quantitative information about the function of the insoles and the patient's reaction to them."

Numerous studies highlight the value of pressure measurement systems for determining changes in plantar pressure; however, its use in the clinical setting is limited by its cost.2,5,7,8,11,20

"Shoe-mounted pressure measurement systems are very useful, but they are still too expensive for most physicians to have in their practice," Landorf said.

Met pads are just one of the many types of orthopedic modification equipment available today. Several studies have evaluated metallic pads together or independently of TCI and other orthoses, and the results have been mixed regarding the association of metallic pads to an orthosis with additional benefits.2,7-9,24

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For some physicians, the distinction is irrelevant.

"I use a mix of functional and adaptive devices, and I don't think there's much that differentiates them," Williams said. "Furthermore, there is very little literature on the use of metatarsal pads with orthoses."

Others see great potential for metal pads and other orthopedic devices when combined sensibly.

"I think it's ideal to have some type of TCI first, because you can easily increase the contact area of ​​the entire foot and get significant pressure relief," Mueller said. "Placement of the met pad offers an added benefit, but it's a bit trickier as you need to position it optimally."

Many questions about metal pads remain unanswered.

Which metal pad materials are most effective for discharging? What patient characteristics, in addition to hypersensitivity and a few selected disorders, help determine whether they are good candidates? Should metal pads be used instead of or in conjunction with other orthotics?1,2,7,21

"It's clear that we now need to take our mechanistic understanding of these pads [i.e., that they can reduce peak pressure under the forefoot] and back up these findings with randomized trials evaluating patient-reported outcomes, including comfort." Landorf said. "Patients with forefoot pain, clinicians and policymakers will greatly benefit from this additional evidence."

While metabolic pads may seem like a key ingredient, they are really just one piece of the puzzle that needs to be seen in the context of the big picture.

"It's part of a broader intervention that needs to happen," Mueller said. “I don't think there will be a magic bullet from a footwear perspective; The Met shoe and insole are part of the treatment, but approaching the patient as a whole and addressing the problem as a whole is very important. So I think we need more research on how to make the brace more effective, but also how to get patients to wear it."

Greg Gargiulo is a freelance medical writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Are metatarsal pads effective? ›

The use of orthotics and shoe modifications such as metatarsal pads and bars in patients with metatarsalgia has a proven beneficial effect on pain relief. This is attributed to the reduction in pressure on the metatarsal heads.

Do metatarsal pads help neuropathy? ›

Met pads are commonly used as a simple and inexpensive conservative treatment for a number of conditions. These include metatarsalgia,1,5,6 diabetic peripheral neuropathy and related foot ulceration,2,7-9 rheumatoid arthritis,10 and pes planus,11 and the literature regarding their effectiveness is generally supportive.

Can metatarsal pad make pain worse? ›

When placing a metatarsal pad in your shoe, be sure to position it just behind the ball of your foot. Placing the pad too far forward beneath the ball of your foot can actually cause additional strain and worsen your symptoms.

Who should wear metatarsal pads? ›

Metatarsal pads are often recommended by podiatrists for those suffering from Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Sesamoiditis, and Arthritis of the foot. It's also a great product for those who are wearing high heels a lot more than they should and feel pain and burning in the ball of their foot.

Can metatarsal pads hurt your feet? ›

Patients were educated at the outset that the metatarsal pad may produce initial discomfort, but that this should subside within 1 week and that the pad should be retained if tolerable.

Do metatarsal pads help with Morton's toe? ›

Shoe padding can also help treat Morton's neuroma. Metatarsal pads are an important tool for patients with Morton's neuroma symptoms. A metatarsal pad is a small lift that is positioned in the shoe just proximal (behind) the weight bearing surface of the metatarsal bones.

How do you reverse peripheral neuropathy in the feet? ›

Regular exercise, such as walking three times a week, can reduce neuropathy pain, improve muscle strength and help control blood sugar levels. Gentle routines such as yoga and tai chi might also help.

Does walking barefoot help neuropathy? ›

It's easy to see that because neuropathy impairs sensation in the feet, patients with neuropathy must always protect their feet by wearing shoes. Never go barefoot – even a minor cut or sore on the feet can get infected and worsen into an ulcer if it's not spotted.

How do I get rid of peripheral neuropathy in my feet? ›

There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy but proper treatment will slow progression and address your symptoms. If the cause of the foot neuropathy is known, then treatment of the underlying cause may provide relief.

Will metatarsalgia ever go away? ›

Metatarsalgia can have a number of different causes, including wearing unsupportive footwear, conditions such as arthritis, and doing high-impact sports. It can be very uncomfortable and interfere with your normal activities, but will often improve with some simple self-help measures.

Does metatarsalgia ever heal? ›

Metatarsalgia can go away on its own, but treatment is recommended as it can significantly speed up the rate of recovery. Generally, the first line of management involves the use of home remedies, including; Resting the foot. Elevating the foot to reduce swelling.

Can metatarsalgia be reversed? ›

The answer is yes, a full recovery from metatarsalgia is possible. With diligent at-home treatments, the use of foot orthotics, like insoles and arch supports, rest, workout modifications, proper footwear, and more you can protect your metatarsal bones and reduce pain.

Is walking barefoot good for metatarsalgia? ›

Metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of your foot, may be caused by a variety of factors. Treatment often includes selecting shoes with good soles, avoiding walking barefoot and using pumice stone to remove calluses from the feet.

Do you need metatarsal pads? ›

Recommended by podiatrists and other health care professionals, metatarsal pads (met pads for short), provide pain relieving support to your metatarsal bones. Forefoot pain that can be addressed with met pads is primarily caused by, metatarsalgia, bursitis of the feet, rheumatoid arthritis, neuromas and plantar warts.

When should metatarsal guards be worn? ›

The legislation says that metatarsal protection should be provided when there is a “substantial risk of a crushing injury” to the foot. Metatarsal boots are mostly required when lifting or rolling heavy and typically metal objects (train wheels, loaded drums of liquid, etc.).

Do toe separators help metatarsal pain? ›

A great aid in treating metatarsalgia and as prevention is to wear foot alignment socks. Thanks to the special toe separators, they help to increase blood circulation and thus speed up foot regeneration.

What happens if you ignore metatarsalgia? ›

Don't Ignore Metatarsalgia

If left untreated and you continue to run, metatarsalgia can lead to bone bruising, joint swelling, chronic stiffness, and decreased range of motion.

How thick should a metatarsal pad be? ›

For felt metatarsal pads that are skived, it means that the edges are trimmed to be gradually built up to the 1/4" thickness in the middle. The edge is not an abrupt cut, which is felt more by your foot and can be uncomfortable. The skived edge gives you a more comfortable and less noticeable edge.

What is the fastest way to cure metatarsalgia? ›

Lifestyle and home remedies
  1. Rest. Protect your foot from further injury by not stressing it. ...
  2. Ice the affected area. Apply ice packs to the affected area for about 20 minutes at a time several times a day. ...
  3. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. ...
  4. Wear proper shoes. ...
  5. Use metatarsal pads. ...
  6. Consider arch supports.
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How do you shrink Morton's toe? ›

Lifestyle and home remedies
  1. Take anti-inflammatory medications. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), can reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  2. Try ice massage. ...
  3. Change your footwear. ...
  4. Take a break.
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Does stretching toes help metatarsalgia? ›

Toe stretches: Toe stretches can help strengthen the muscles in your toes and the ball of your foot, which can help alleviate metatarsalgia pain. To do a toe stretch, sit in a chair and place a towel on the floor in front of you. Place your foot on the towel and use your toes to pull the towel towards you.

Does Vicks VapoRub on feet help neuropathy? ›

Vicks VapoRub also has other popular off-label uses—and these have more support than use of the product on the feet to improve a cough. Vicks is sometimes used on the feet to relieve neuropathy pain, treat toenail fungus, and soften callouses.

What is the newest treatment for neuropathy? ›

New Treatment

An extremely important recent FDA approval was just announced authorizing spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy. We expect this to help the lives of thousands.

What is the number one medicine for neuropathy? ›

The main medicines recommended for neuropathic pain include: amitriptyline – also used for treatment of headaches and depression. duloxetine – also used for treatment of bladder problems and depression. pregabalin and gabapentin – also used to treat epilepsy, headaches or anxiety.

What type of shoes are best for neuropathy? ›

Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers! This athletic shoe style is the best option for anyone dealing with neuropathy. "Athletic, stable sneakers with semi-rigid soles would be the most comfortable," Sayed says. Levine also suggests looking for styles that are "soft and shock-absorbent with good ankle support."

What are the do's and don'ts of neuropathy? ›

DOs and DON'Ts in Managing Peripheral Neuropathy:

Exercise, eat healthy meals, lose weight, and quit smoking. DO avoid repetitive movements, cramped positions, toxic chemicals, and too much alcohol—things that cause nerve damage.

What kind of shoes should you wear if you have neuropathy in your feet? ›

Some of the best shoes for neuropathy
  • Propét Women's Tour Walker Strap Sneaker.
  • Orthofeet Men's Lava Stretch Knit.
  • Dr Comfort Women's Lu Lu.
  • Dr Comfort Men's Stallion.
  • Skechers Women's GOwalk Arch Fit – Classic Outlook.
  • Skechers Men's After Burn – Memory Fit.
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Is peripheral neuropathy in feet reversible? ›

There are many different ways that peripheral neuropathy can happen, so this condition is common. For some people, peripheral neuropathy is temporary, treatable or both. For others, it's permanent and incurable.

What is a good home remedy for neuropathy of the feet? ›

Ways to Treat Nerve Pain at Home
  1. Soak in Warm Water and Epsom Salt. Soaking in Epsom salt can help ease the pain and discomfort associated with nerve pain. ...
  2. Compression Socks/Neuropathy Socks. ...
  3. Rest. ...
  4. Ice the Pain. ...
  5. Check Feet Daily. ...
  6. Avoid Alcohol. ...
  7. Anesthetic Lidocaine. ...
  8. Massage Your Feet.

What can a podiatrist do for neuropathy of the feet? ›

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment may be helpful in relieving neuropathy symptoms. The therapy uses gentle electrical currents to prevent pain signals from traveling to your brain. Reduce pain, tingling and other neuropathy symptoms with a visit to The Foot & Ankle Group.

Are Birkenstocks good for metatarsalgia? ›

The Birkenstock has been a go-to sandal for over 100 years. Now, they have a new softbed version of their classic sandal that is loved by people with metatarsal pain.

How does a podiatrist treat metatarsalgia? ›

Metatarsalgia exercises involving stretching and strengthening to reduce and alter pressure and load in the forefoot. Manual therapy and mobilisation is often utilised and recommended by your podiatrist. Various forms of strapping or taping. This can help with pain reduction and improved function.

Are Crocs good for ball of foot pain? ›

This casual footwear does this by supporting the arch and cushioning the heels. Additionally, they also prevent compression of the toes by allowing room to move when you're walking. Without any doubt, Crocs will help you relieve any foot pain and are ideal for short-term usage.

Is metatarsalgia a nerve issue? ›

Damage to the nerves in the foot is a common cause of pain in the ball of the foot Pain in the Ball of the Foot (Metatarsalgia) Pain in the ball of the foot is called metatarsalgia and may have many different causes (including arthritis, poor circulation, pinching of the nerves between the toes, posture problems, and.. ...

Can flip flops cause metatarsalgia? ›

Metatarsalgia. This is pain on the ball (bottom behind your toes) of your foot. Wearing flat shoes or flip flops causes excessive pounding and pressure on the joints that connect your toes to the long bones of your foot. The most common place to feel pain is just behind your 2nd toe.

Why is metatarsalgia so painful? ›

Excess pressure on your forefoot can cause pain and inflammation in your metatarsals — the long bones in the front of your feet, just below your toes. Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed.

Does Epsom salt help metatarsalgia? ›

Low level, cold laser or ultrasound therapy to the metatarsal head area can decrease inflammation or irritation and significantly calm down the area. Soaking your feet in hot, Epsom salt bath. This simple home remedy can take some of the soreness out of the foot.

What kind of shoes are good for metatarsalgia? ›

When you're looking for shoes for balls of foot pain, always look for shoes with a wide toe-box. Sole Bliss shoes feature a deep and wide toe-box which provides ample room for you to spread your toes. The best shoes for metatarsalgia have this wide toe-box because it prevents putting undue pressure on your foot.

Can chiropractors help metatarsalgia? ›

Correcting misalignments throughout the body is a key part of chiropractic care. Because metatarsalgia often originates from problems elsewhere in the foot, ankle, or leg, it can be best treated by addressing these underlying causes and correcting them.

Should you massage metatarsalgia? ›

Massage Can Reduce Metatarsalgia

Massage techniques can help with metatarsalgia ( ball of foot pain) and aid in Morton's Neuroma. These techniques are becoming very popular among sports therapists, and massage therapists, reflexologists, and physical therapists.

How can you tell the difference between metatarsalgia and Morton's neuroma? ›

Type of pain Morton's neuroma starts as a numbing and tingling sensation which worsens to become uncomfortable and painful. On the other hand, metatarsalgia often begins as a dull, aching pain that progresses to a sharp shooting pain.

How long does it take for metatarsalgia to heal? ›

Treatment. Ball of the foot pain or Metatarsalgia generally takes 6-8 weeks to improve and early activity on the healing bone and joint can result in a setback in recovery. Non-compliance can double the recovery time and can be very frustrating for patients.

Are metatarsal pads good? ›

The use of orthotics and shoe modifications such as metatarsal pads and bars in patients with metatarsalgia has a proven beneficial effect on pain relief. This is attributed to the reduction in pressure on the metatarsal heads.

Do metatarsal pads work? ›

Metatarsal pads are, by themselves, a great and useful tool for restoring optimal foot health, but they work even better for rehabilitating your feet and addressing or preventing common foot problems when you use them in combination with other natural footgear.

What is the OSHA standard for foot protection? ›

Your employer requires that the safety-toe footwear must be worn at all times regardless of the presence of a hazard; must have a leather upper; must have oil resistant and non-skid soles, and must comply with ASTM 2413-05 with a impact resistance rating of 75 and an compression resistance rating of 75.

Are metatarsal guards uncomfortable? ›

These stiff guards were difficult to flex and also uncomfortable, but in recent years, Internal Guards also have been revolutionized with incredible new, technically-advanced, impact-resistant materials that are thinner, much more flexible, and way more comfortable.

Do metatarsal inserts work? ›

Insoles offer relief to people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or other foot injuries. An insole with a met pad also offers relief from metatarsalgia. Runners with metatarsalgia are particularly likely to benefit from supportive insoles with metatarsal pads.

Why would you need metatarsal pads? ›

Wear shoes appropriate to the sports you play. Use metatarsal pads. These off-the-shelf pads are placed in your shoes just ahead of the metatarsal bone to help deflect stress from the painful area. Consider arch supports.

What is the best support for metatarsal? ›

The two most popular metatarsal pads are going to be the Felt Metatarsal Pad and the Reusable Metatarsal Pad. The Felt Metatarsal Pad is most commonly used in the shoe while the Reusable Metatarsal Pad is applied directly to the foot.

How do I strengthen my metatarsal bones? ›

Put some marbles on the floor next to a cup. Sit in a chair, and use the toes of your affected foot to lift up one marble from the floor at a time. Then try to put the marble in the cup. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Can metatarsalgia reversed? ›

The answer is yes, a full recovery from metatarsalgia is possible. With diligent at-home treatments, the use of foot orthotics, like insoles and arch supports, rest, workout modifications, proper footwear, and more you can protect your metatarsal bones and reduce pain.

What happens if you don't treat metatarsalgia? ›

Metatarsalgia can lead to other problems if you don't treat it. You're likely to change the way you walk to take pressure off the painful spot on your foot. That can cause pain elsewhere in your foot or in your other foot, and all the way to your lower back or hips. You can even develop a hammertoe.

Is metatarsal support the same as arch support? ›

Arch orthotics are positioned directly beneath your main foot arch and seek to (needlessly) “prop up” or “support” your foot, whereas metatarsal pads sit, unobtrusively, behind the ball of your foot and help restore normal and natural foot form and function.

Does walking make metatarsalgia worse? ›

The pain of metatarsalgia usually begins gradually over time. It may improve when you rest your foot and get worse when you stand, walk, or exercise.


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