METATARSAL PAD PLACEMENT
The use of metatarsal pads is a great way to ensure that an individual maintains good feet health and alleviate further issues. This is because they assist in keeping the feet in the right position they should be in during walking and running. Metatarsal pads also assist to correct some foot conditions such as ball of foot pain which is also known as metatarsalgia and when used properly, they can assist heal or correct over pronation. This can be achieved best when the metatarsal pads are placed properly in the shoe or on the sandal. This is because when they are placed improperly they will cause more issues as they will occasionally slide off. To ensure this does not happen, and also ensure that the main aim of using these pads is achieved, there is a systematic and strategic procedure to apply the pad in the shoe.
Placement of the metatarsal pad
- Remove the inner sole
The inner sole of the shoe will assist to identify the specific place where to put the metatarsal pad. In shoes that don’t have the liner or insole, the pad can be placed directly in the shoe.
- Locate the target for placement
By looking at the in sole consider where the ball of the foot lands when the shoe is worn. This can be noted especially by looking at the depressions made by the foot on the insole.
- Match the located point with the pad
By placing the foot on the insole with the pad placed on the exact spot identified, match it accurately to the ball of the foot. The metatarsal pad should gently press on the ball of the foot.
- Peel a quarter of the adhesive and test the pad
Peel back a quarter of the pads adhesive on the pad and place it on the exact point chosen for placement. Place the pad within the shoe and place the foot in the shoe. The metatarsal pad should feel to be exactly behind the ball of the foot. In cases where the pad is to be wrapped around the foot or the insole, the same can be done. The pad can then be adjusted where necessary to fit properly.
- Place the pad and stick it on hard
Once the proper positioning has been identified, tried and tested, peel off the adhesive and firmly place it on the spot. This will then be put back in the shoe and tested again. Place the other pad on the other shoe in the same process and they’re good to go.
Metatarsal pads are a great way to control certain foot issues and a simple way to correct some deformities such as over pronation. These pads can be placed quite simply and the entire process should not take long. When placed properly, metatarsal pads can and will effectively tackle the foot issue they are specified for and ensure that they don’t become a nuisance by requiring continuous adjustment during activity.
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