What is metatarsalgia and how to treat it with Met Pad insoles.

Supportive insoles with a Metatarsal Pad help relieve metatarsalgia.

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What is metatarsalgia?

The metatarsals are the five bones that connect the middle of your foot to your toes. The points at which the metatarsals meet the phalanges (toe bones) are known as the metatarsal heads; you can think of them like the first knuckles of your feet. They’re right above the fleshy pad of the ‘ball’ of your foot. This area is particularly susceptible to extra strain and pressure that can cause inflammation and pain commonly referred to as metatarsalgia. 

There are many possible causes of metatarsalgia, including biomechanical issues, specific foot shapes and problems with weight distribution. Another common cause is wearing tight shoes that cramp metatarsal heads, squeezing nerves and blood vessels. When your second toe is longer than your big toe, it also puts extra stress on your second metatarsal. People who play high impact sports and runners are particularly at risk, as their feet take a lot of strain in their regular routine.  

Insoles with metatarsal pads help relieve pressure on the metatarsal heads.

Treating metatarsalgia with metatarsal pad insoles.

You can get relief from metatarsalgia by adding a metatarsal (met) pad to your footwear. A met pad supports the metatarsals in their natural position and spacing, preventing them from becoming cramped. It also helps to promote the natural positioning of your shock-absorbing tissue to prevent your feet from absorbing excess stress. Lastly, a met pad helps to ensure that pressure is efficiently distributed and that no one point of your foot is carrying more weight than it can handle. 

One option for met pads is to add supportive insoles that include a met pad to your footwear. Supportive insoles help the feet carry their load and distribute pressure evenly. Insoles offer relief to people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or other foot injuries. An insole with a met pad also offers relief from metatarsalgia. Runners with metatarsalgia are particularly likely to benefit from supportive insoles with metatarsal pads. This is because the insoles will also help promote a neutral alignment and maximize biomechanical efficiency through each stride.

SOLE Met Pad footbeds give you Metatarsal support exactly where you need it.

Our footbeds with Met Pads include a built-in metatarsal pad to combine metatarsal support with all of the other benefits of SOLE’s industry-leading supportive insoles. Many met pad products can be cumbersome or difficult to accurately place in your shoe. The SOLE footbed slides straight into your shoe, with the met pad perfectly positioned to support your metatarsals and help relieve your metatarsalgia. 

Our industry-leading supportive shape is also clinically proven to reduce plantar fascia strain by up to 34% while promoting neutral alignment and distributing pressure evenly. The combined effect is to provide relief and prevent further injury by protecting all of your feet’s intricate mechanisms.

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Metatarsal pad insole reviews:

 “Recently I developed a Metatarsal injury on my left foot. I went through the routine of resting, icing and stretching without success. I thought for sure that I would have to take an extended time off from running. I tried various inserts to provide more protection for the foot. I even had a custom insert made by an orthopedic doctor. None of these attempts provided the protection I needed. On a visit to my local Performance Footwear running store, I noticed the SOLE display. I thought I had to give them a try. Not only did SOLE Custom Footbeds allow me to resume my normal training routine, it also allowed my metatarsal to recover and I am now pain free once again.” - John, Verified purchaser.

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