Metatarsal pads are small, gel-filled pads that are placed under the metatarsal heads, which are the bones that connect the toes to the foot. The metatarsal heads bear a lot of weight and pressure, so metatarsal pads help to distribute that pressure more evenly and protect the metatarsal heads from calluses and pain.
Metatarsal pads are often used by people who have diabetes or other conditions that cause neuropathy, as they help to prevent ulcers from forming on the feet. They are also used by athletes to prevent metatarsal stress fractures and people who stand for long periods of time.
Ultimately, metatarsal pads can be a helpful treatment for metatarsalgia, providing both pain relief and protection for the metatarsal heads.
The different types of metatarsal pads
There are many different types of metatarsal pads available, and choosing the right type will depend on your needs. Silipos® metatarsal pads have a gel filling that helps to absorb shock while giving you the support and comfort you need. Foam metatarsal pads don’t support the bones as much while only offering minimal cushioning. In addition, some metatarsal pads are designed to be worn inside shoes, while others can be worn on the foot. Regardless of the type of metatarsal pad chosen, it is important to make sure that it fits properly and does not rub or chafe.
How to choose the right metatarsal pad for you
You may be wondering what gel metatarsal pads to get. Silipos® has a couple different types of metatarsal pads to choose from. The gel provides maximum support and cushioning while soothing the painful area. You’ll see some made with foam or felt. These tend to be lower quality and don’t provide the level of comfort that gel metatarsal pads offer. We always recommend gel metatarsal pads.
You should also consider the size of the metatarsal pad. If you have wide feet, you will need a wider metatarsal pad to provide coverage. If you have narrow feet, you will need a narrower metatarsal pad to prevent slipping. Once you have considered these factors, you can then choose a metatarsal pad that is right for you.
Silipos Metatarsal Pads
At Silipos®, we’re passionate about making products that enhance people’s health and well-being. That’s why our metatarsal pads are designed to be high-quality, effective, and durable. The pads are made with patented Silipos® gel that helps to cushion and protect the foot, while also providing support and stability. If you are looking for a way to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with metatarsal issues, Silipos® Metatarsal Pads may be the perfect solution for you. Our Gel Metatarsal Pads are great for relieving the pain while having something softer to step on. The Slim Gel-Fit Metatarsal Pad is a great way to get some relief when you don’t have a lot of room within the shoe. The Gel Metatarsal Pad with Toe Spreader is a soft, silicone gel cushion that provides metatarsal support and helps to reduce pressure on the forefoot while providing maximum comfort. We also have the TheraStep™ Extra Comfort Ball of Foot Cushion which will help when wearing heels to relieve the pressure.
How to use metatarsal pads
When placing a metatarsal pad, it is important to position it directly under the metatarsal head. The pad should not extend beyond the edge of the foot, as this could cause irritation. It is also important to walk around for a few minutes after placing the pad to ensure that it is comfortable and does not slip out of place.
Benefits of using Metatarsal Pads
Here are a few key benefits of metatarsal pads:
- They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including metatarsalgia (pain in the metatarsal heads), Morton’s neuroma (a growth of nerve tissue between the metatarsal heads), calluses, and bunions.
- They can prevent these conditions from developing in the first place, but also provide relief once such conditions have started.
- They provide cushioning and support for the metatarsal heads, which helps to reduce pressure and friction. This can lead to reductions in pain, inflammation, and callus formation.
- They can help to improve balance and alignment, which can help to prevent injuries.
- They can typically be worn inside of shoes to provide comfort and relief while you’re going about your daily business.
Metatarsal pads are a simple, easy-to-use solution for reducing pain and discomfort in the feet. If you are experiencing metatarsal pain or issues, Silipos® Metatarsal Pads may be the perfect solution for you. So, whether you are just starting to experience foot pain or have been dealing with it for a while, using a metatarsal pad may just be the answer to your prayers.
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