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Metatarsal Pads - Proper placement

Metatarsal pad - where do I put it in my shoe?felt metatarsal pad

What's the best way to use a metatarsal pad?

We get a lot of questions from our customers regarding proper placement of metatarsal pads.  Regardless of the type of metatarsal pad (foam, felt, gel), the concept of placing the metatarsal pad is the same.  We prefer our customers to place the pad on the underside of the insole of the shoe.  But if you cannot take the innersole out of the shoe, placement can also be made on top of the innersole or even directly on the foot.  The main point though is the location of the placement.  The location is always just proximal to the weight bearing surface of the ball-of-the-foot.  Be sure to watch this video for a quick lesson in proper placement of metatarsal pads.

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Thalia Oster, JD

Thalia Oster, JD
Founder and COE (Chief of Everything)

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12/19/2018 2:10 PM
Thanks so much for the blog post. I am curious...would improper placement cause more foot problems for me? Would I know if the placement was incorrect. Thanks!
12/20/2018 7:46 PM
Stormy,
I don't think that improper placement would result in more problems, but I do think that improper placement would lead to limited success in treating your problem.
In most cases where I instruct a patient in metatarsal pad placement in the office and give the patient a handful of metatarsal pads, it seems most folks are inclined to place the pad too far distal, under the metatarsal heads. Be sure to follow the instructions on the video.
One of the best tricks is to have a podiatrist place the first pad for you. By doing so, you'll know how the pad is supposed to feel in the shoe. That'll give you a reference point for how a properly placed pad should feel.

Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM
Medical Director
Myfootshop.com