How To Place Metatarsal Pads

Metatarsal Pads Placement: Your How-to Guide

Stick it in Your Shoes

Metatarsal pads are used to help spread the transverse arch (the arch behind the ball of your foot). The key to placing met pads is to make sure they’re pressing into the space behind the ball of the foot, not under the ball of the foot. Placing the pad under the ball of the foot will be uncomfortable and could possibly worsen your condition. Met pads are commonly used by people who suffer from conditions such as: ball of foot pain, metatarsalgia, capsulitis and neuromas. For more information on how to place Metatarsal Pads please reference this video.

1 remove liner
1 | Remove Liner/Insole from Shoe

If your shoes do not have a liner you may stick the met pad directly in to your shoe.

2 locate target
2 | Locate Your Target

Visualize or feel the impression of where the ball of your foot falls with inside your shoe.

3 match with foot2
3 | Match with Foot

You should feel the met pad gently press into the area behind the ball of your foot.

4 peel back
4 | Peel Back 1/4

Do not peel off the adhesive completely. Peel back one fourth of the adhesive to test the placement.

5 test placement
5 | Test Placement

Using the left met pad with your left shoe-liner, place the met pad on your target.

6 match with foot
6 | Test in Shoe

You should feel the met pad gently press into the area behind the ball of your foot.

7 adjust
7 | Adjust if Needed

If the met pad feels a little bit off, gently move into the right position.

8 stick it
8 | Stick it Good

Once you have found the perfect placement, completely remove the backing of the adhesive and place the pad permanently.

9 repeat
9 | Repeat on Other Shoe

Repeat this process with the other met pad and shoe liner.


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