I don't understand what you mean by "off loading of the forefoot". Can you explain what that means?
Great question! Off loading the forefoot simply means redistributing the weight and pressure on the forefoot back to the midfoot and heel. Metatarsal pads help not only to redistribute that weight and pressure, but also help spread the metatarsals so that there is more room between the toes.
I have metatarsalgia, will this product help me?
Yes! Metatarsalgia is a generic term used to describe non-specific forefoot pain in the region of the metatarsal bones. This pad will off-load the forefoot by taking the load off the ball of the foot. The dancer's pad will help to redistribute load bearing.
Can the premium foam dancers pad SKU980 be placed on the insole instead of the foot. Looking for something for my sandals and am allergic to wool. I have an elevated first metatarsal in my right foot and a custom orthotic but need something for summer for my sandals.
They sure can! The Premium Foam Dancers Pads are packaged either 2 Lefts or 2 Rights, and are meant to be placed on the foot. So, if you want to adhere them to your shoe instead, you would buy the opposite size. Since you want correction for your Right foot, you would purchase the Left Dancers Pads.
I'm a road cyclist and enjoy riding very much. After about 45 mins into my ride my 2,3,and 4 toes start to go numb on my right foot. I notice it more on hill climbs and hard pedaling efforts. It's becoming more on an issue lately and it's shortening my rides. Do you have any idea what the problem may be? Any suggestions on any product that may help relieve the problem would be appreciated.
I’d have to assume you’re using clips? Clips create a focal area of pressure on the sole of the foot that can contribute to the numbness that you describe. Be sure to check out our articles on Morton's neuroma and capsulitis for more information.
First suggestion would be to check the inside of the shoe and be sure that there’s no palpable shoe defect or pronounced area associated with the clips. If not, the key to treating the numbness then would be to increase the surface area to which the load is applied to the bottom of the foot while biking. That can be done simply with the use of a foam dancer's pad or metatarsal pad.
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