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Off-loading general-purpose forefoot pads - which one is best for my needs?

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 -

Picture of Arch Binder with Metatarsal Pad  Picture of Neuroma Pads - Mini Felt    Picture of Metatarsal Pad - Felt  Picture of Metatarsal Pad - Foam  Picture of Metatarsal Pads-PPT

Examples of a reusable general purpose off-loading pad include -

Picture of Reusable Gel Ball-of-Foot Cushions

Examples of general-purpose off-loading pads that can be applied into the shoe include -

Picture of Neuroma Pads - Mini Felt  Picture of Metatarsal Bar PPT Cushions  Picture of Metatarsal Pad - Felt  Picture of Pedag T-Form Metatarsal Pads  Picture of Metatarsal Pad - Foam  Picture of Metatarsal Pads-PPT  Clear gel metatarsal pad  Pedag Drop Metatarsal Pad

Examples of general-purpose off-loading pads that are also inserts include -

Picture of Hallux Trainer Insoles  Picture of Pedag Relax Shoe Insoles  Picture of Pedag COMFORT Supports  Picture of Pedag Pro-Active XCO Inserts  Picture of Pedag Viva Full Length Arch Supports  Picture of Pedag VIVA MINI Arch Support   Picture of Pedag VIVA SUMMER Insoles

Each of these pads is 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.


Dr. Jeffrey Oster

Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM
Medical Advisor

Updated 12/27/19

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11/27/2018 12:23 PM
Which metartarsal pad would work best?  I am doing Argentine Tango dancing and have noticed increased pain in my forefoot when I am doing spins.
11/30/2018 9:27 AM
Hi Ron,<br>
The easy win is always to use a <a href="/pedag-comfort-supports-1">Pedag Comfort.</a>  They fit in all shoes and place the metatarsal pad in the right spot with no need for proper placement.<br>
The free form metatarsal pads, like the <a href="/metatarsal-pad-felt-1">Felt Metatarsal Pads</a> or the <a href">/metatarsal-pad-foam">Foam Metatarsal Pads</a> are nice in that they're light, easy to use and inexpensive.  If you need help with placement of the pads, be sure to watch our video <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>
<a href="/jeffrey_a_oster_dpm_cv">Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM</a><br>
Medical Director<br>