Metatarsal pads are designed to protect the metatarsal area of your foot by to better spread the arch of your foot, used to help prevent foot cramp, correct pronation, and toe extension of your foot whilst also helping to better position your forefoot in its natural and comfortable position which in effect helps to stabilize, support and protect the metatarsal bones. Placing your pads in the correct position is rather simple, the pads should rest behind the ball of your foot rather than underneath the ball of the foot.
By wearing metatarsal pads you are helping to combat the negative effects most shoes have on our feet. Most footwear do little to protect the feet from the stresses and strains of everyday life and ineffectively spread pressure and support the feet, this leads to tension and pressure build up in areas not designed to cope with this level of stress resulting in damage and pain. Overtime this can cause over extended and tapering of the toes as your foots anatomy gets forced into the shape and structure of your footwear. This causes your muscles under the foot to become stretched out and weakened, this can then lead on to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis or increase the risk of developing injuries such as Metatarasalgia , Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis and sesamoiditis.
How to fit your pads
Locating exactly where your ball of the foot is and rests in your shoes is something you must do to get the best fit. You can do this through a number of ways. Something you can try is taking your insoles out of your shoes and seeing where the ball of your foot lies through the indentation made on your insoles by your foot. (If your insoles do not have indentations you will need to see and mark where your ball of the foot rests.) and then place your pads behind where the ball of the foot rested.
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