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Metatarsal pads – to skive or not to skive

Skiving provides a finished edge to the metatarsal pad – but does that matter?Felt metatarsal pad

What is skiving?

Metatarsal pads come in different shapes, sizes and densities.  One question often asked by customers is in regards to the beveled edge of the metatarsal pad.  The beveled or skived edge is a finishing technique that is used on felt, foam and gel metatarsal pads.  Skiving is performed at different stages of the production of the metatarsal pad.  For instance, felt metatarsal pads are mechanically skived after being cut from a solid roll of felt.  Foam met pads are skived in the mold where the foam pad is formed.

Is a skived metatarsal pad better?

The indications for use of a metatarsal pad will vary as will the type of metatarsal pad used; soft, firm, large small, etc.  In clinical practice, my go-to is typically a skived felt metatarsal pad.  I would use this pad to treat forefoot painMorton’s neuroma and forefoot capsulitis.  But if I was going to fashion a dancer’s pad out of a felt met pad, I’d prefer to use a non-skived pad.  The non-skived dancer’s pad would be used to treat a sesamoid fracture, sesamoiditis or avascular necrosis of the sesamoid.

How to skive your own metatarsal pads.

The following steps show how easy it is to skive your own metatarsal pads.  Using a sharp pair os scissors, simply round out the edges of the felt or foam.  Metatarsal pads can also me modified in shape and size – all it takes is a little imagination and a good pair of scissors.

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Join me in the discussion regarding metatarsal pads in our forum on forefoot problems.


Jeffrey Oster, DPM

Jeffrey A. Oster, DPM

Medical Adviser

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