Forefoot Pads - treating forefoot pain
The second category of forefoot pads is general purpose off-loading pads. By off-loading, we're referring to a pad that is placed adjacent to the area that is being treated.
General purpose off-loading pads are used in the treatment of forefoot capsulitis, forefoot bursitis, forefoot callus, Morton's neuroma and metatarsalgia. Off-loading pads generally take up less space in the shoe compared to a direct load pad. General purpose off-loading pads can be applied directly to the foot as a single use or re-usable pad. They can also be applied to the shoe. And lastly, general purpose off-loading pads can be on an insert that resides in the shoe, such as on an arch support. The pros and cons of these categories are often based upon the intended use of the pad. For instance, use in a slip on dress shoe vs. a work boot is very different.
Examples of single use general purpose off-loading pads that would be applied directly to the foot include -
Examples of a reusable general purpose off-loading pad include -
Examples of general purpose off-loading pads that can be applied into the shoe include -
Examples of general purpose off-loading pads that are inserts include -
Each of these pads are going to have one little advantage over another. For instance, one might be best used in tennis shoes and another in dress shoes. The inserts with general purpose off-loading pads are going to be an easy fit in most cases. Once the insert is in the shoe you just don't have to worry anymore. Makes life easy. If you have questions, be sure to contact our sales staff for guidance.
Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM