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 metatarsal pad will help to redistribute load bearing.
I currently wear felt metatarsal pads (#729) underneath the Superfeet inserts in my sneakers. They work very well for me, besides the fact that I beat them down fairly quickly and need to change the pads every 3-5 weeks. I wouldn't have a problem with this if it didn't rip up the bottom of the Superfeet inserts when trying to remove the adhesive pad. I'm wondering which metatarsal pad might be more rigid that I could still put under my inserts but that I wouldn't have to change as often, or at all.
I'm glad the felt metatarsal pads work well for you. And, 3-5 weeks is actually a pretty good length of time to wear them! However, if you want something that may prove longer-lasting, here are my suggestions:
Pedag Drop Metatarsal Pads: these are made of a firm foam with a leather cover, which makes them fairly firm.
Gel Metatarsal Pads: I think this one may last a bit longer than the felt ones, since the gel is a medium firm gel.
Metatarsal Pads-PPT: The PPT foam is a medium firm foam that may also last longer than the felt one.
Reusable Gel Metatarsal Pads: You might want to consider these, as they are designed to adhere to your feet rather than your shoe, and can be worn over and over again. We have a lot of converts toward using these!
My shoe size is 7-1/2. Do I order Small or Med? Also, I have a callus on the tip (side) of 3rd toe that is excruciatingly painful. Do you have a product that addresses this condition?
Since your shoe size is right in the middle of the Small and Medium sizing, you would probably do fine with either. However, if your foot is narrow, the small would be best, and if your foot is medium or wide in width, then the medium Pedag Drop Metatarsal Pads would be better.
If the callus on your 3rd toe is due to hammer toes, then Hammer Toe Crest Pads might help by relieving pressure from the tip of your toe. But if the callus on the side of the tip of your toe is caused by your toe rolling to its side, then Toe Splints would help to keep your 3rd toe alligned and straight.
Is it possible to purchase the Pedag Drop Metatarsal Pads for my feet and use them in any shoe? I wear Spenco flip flops and I do have Spenco inserts with a Metatarsal Pad glued to them. I have several rocker sole shoes I would like to wear again.
Absolutely! The Pedag DROP Metatarsal Pads are made specifically so that they can be worn in any shoes at all. It is best to leave the adhesive in place at first and use a piece of tape to figure out exactly where on your shoe that you want to place them. That way you can try different spots to place the pad before adhering it with its adhesive backing. Once you know where you want it to be, remove the backing from the pad and press it firmly onto your shoe. Enjoy!
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