Also known as “met pads”, metatarsal pads are placed inside the shoe, below the metatarsal bones (the area behind the toes and towards the ankle bone). Since these bones are in charge of distributing weight while we’re standing, they are under a lot of pressure on a daily basis. The main role of metatarsal pads is to absorb some of this pressure, distribute it to the surrounding tissue, and relieve its wearer of pain in the process.
The pads are commonly used to manage the pain that accompanies conditions like Morton’s Neuroma, Sesamoiditis, and metatarsalgia, or after a foot surgery. Many runners also use metatarsal foot pads to avoid getting blisters or more serious foot injuries caused by constant pressure.