Metatarsal foot pads, also known as met pads are designed as a common solution to forefoot pain. It relieves the pressure by supporting the metatarsal bones of your feet. A well-designed foot pad will help in alleviating your pain and will allow you to do the regular work without the pain while the pad is still on.
Metatarsal foot pads are ideal for anyone who is feeling severe pain on the sole of the foot. The pad instantly helps in shifting the pressure and pain from the metatarsal head the surrounding tissues. If you are experiencing the pain in the ball of your foot (the condition is called metatarsalgia), foot pads will certainly help you improve your condition.
If the pain in the balls of your feet has been bothering you for quite some time now, then chances are that you are suffering from one of the ailments related to your metatarsal bones. Each foot has five metatarsal bones and at the end of these bones form a ball at your foot. If right support is given to the bones, the pain can easily be relieved.
Forefoot pain can be caused by Metatarsalgia, Bursitis of the feet, Rheumatoid arthritis, Neuromas or Plantar Warts. Metatarsal support pads work by reducing the pressure on the ball of your foot. They control the pressure by supporting the metatarsal bone right behind the ball of the foot. The pads diminish the pressure on the ball of the foot by distributing it to the shafts of the bones.
However, keep in mind that metatarsal pads are not exactly cushions for your feet. They are strategically placed just behind the ball of the feet so they can share the pressure evenly amongst the bones. Many products that are sold as met pads are actually forefoot cushions. They may provide some cushioning but will not address the core issue, so be sure of what you're buying while purchasing a metatarsal foot pad, especially when you've been suffering from the pain for quite a while.
The best metatarsal foot pads come in a lot of varieties and attachment methods. However, all of them are designed to reduce pain. The most commonly used metatarsal foot pads are made using open-cell polyurethane foam, wool or polyester felt and latex and leather. Here are some of the best ones available in India.
Dr Fredericks Bio Silicone Metatarsal Foot Pad is made of stretchy gel material. It provides extra cushioning. Apart from distributing the pressure and easing the pain, the gel absorbs shock and vibrations with its padding. The pads are washable, durable, lightweight and odour-resistant.
Price: Rs 165. Buy it here.
This is an easy-to-use gel cushion. It's perfect for people with conditions like metatarsalgia, neuromas and calluses. It's washable and can be used multiple times. It's also lightweight and comfortable to wear.
Price: Rs 4,845. Buy it here.
You'll get maximum cushioning and full metatarsal support with this one. These shoe inserts have in-built metatarsal support which alleviates pain caused by neuroma and metatasalgia. They provide perfect foot control, grip, cushioning and flexibility. It's ergonomically designed and is a perfect choice for athletes. It's durable and is best at regulating frictions.
Price: Rs 250. Buy it here.
Nucature Gel Metatarsal Sleeve is ideal for narrow footwear and boots. It's a stretchable product that fits average to wide foot sizes. The fabric allows the pad to sit comfortably on the skin without causing any friction. The extra-soft gel pad absorbs shock and vibration caused during moving, walking, running or standing. The product is breathable, flexible and washable.
Price: Rs 474. Buy it here.
Dr. Jill’s Metatarsal Pads are specifically designed to deal with issues related to the metatarsal heads in your feet. These pads are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any condition of the metatarsal heads but they help in alleviating the pain. They are considered to be the saviours when it comes to bunions and neuromas. These pads are cost-effective and less expensive than custom inserts. They sit comfortably under the feet and protect the ball of the feet. The only problem of these pads is that their adhesive is too strong and makes them sticky and tough to remove.
Price: Rs 1,532. Buy it here.
These multifunctional correction pads are great for relieving foot pain, heel spurs and neuromas, tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. The arch support sleeves are made of stretchable fabric and are designed for almost all types of feet. Their soft texture feels comforting on the feet. The gentle and hypoallergenic compression provided by the gel pad cushions reduce inflammation and enhances the blood flow. They don’t cause any discomfort while standing or walking. They are mostly available in one size to fit all. They easy to wash and reuse.
Price: Rs 330. Buy it here.
YaFex Metatarsal Forefoot Pads are extremely flexible and have good air permeability due to their superior-quality cushioning, which is made of medical-grade silicone. These pads are effective in alleviating the discomfort caused by calluses, corns, blisters and other conditions such as metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, capsulitis, sesamoiditis, forefoot bursitis and fat pad atrophy. Their soft gel silicone distributes the pressure on the feet uniformly and makes you feel better when moving around, walking or standing. They are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and odour-free. They are comfortable and breathable.
Price: Rs 399. Buy it here.
Skudgear Metatarsal Pads are made of medical-grade silicone gel. They are ergonomically designed and have air holes that provide adequate ventilation to your feet and are helpful in eliminating the pain, swelling or discomfort caused by different types of foot problems at the same time. They are easy-to-clean. These pads do not absorb too much dirt or odour. They are flexible, safe and reusable.
Price: Rs 499. Buy it here.
These gel pads are best when you are wearing the heels or if the pain has occurred due to wearing high heels. They easily alleviate the pressure of high-heeled shoes. They are comfortable and ensure maximum relief. They have non-slip properties and the design offers a massage effect while you move around or walk. They can be used multiple times and are lightweight.
Price: Rs 165. Buy it here.
Metatarsal support pads certainly work towards reducing the pain in the sole of your foot by distributing the pressure from the ball of your foot to the other metatarsal bones. They are strategically placed pads. Their positioning allows them to successfully distribute the pressure as you walk and continue with your regular work.
Over the years, another type of foot pad has gained popularity, detox foot pads. The brands claim that these foot pads can suck the toxins out of your body. As per the manufacturers, the pads draw the toxins out while you're asleep. However, there's no reliable evidence that detox foot pads work. Some manufacturers also claim that these foot pads treat high blood pressure, headache, cellulite, depression, diabetes, insomnia and aid in weight loss. Doesn't this product sound too good to be true? Well, it is suggested that in cases like these, to save your time and money, you must rely on scientific evidence. And so far, no scientific study has proven detox foot pads to be helpful or safe-to-use.
You should place your metatarsal pad just behind the area where the ball of your foot contacts your liner. Centre your pads horizontally so that it's not too far forward the inside or outside of your foot. Also, to preserve the adhesive in the pad and to make the pad’s positioning easier within your shoe, fold back just one small corner of the adhesive back covering until you want to remove the full adhesive back covering and permanently set the pad.
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