Effect of a metatarsal pad on the forefoot during gait
Koenraadt, Koen L M × Stolwijk, Niki M van den Wildenberg, Dorine Duysens, Jaak Keijsers, Noël L W #
American Podiatric Medical Association
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association vol:102 issue:1 pages:18-24
Metatarsal pads are frequently prescribed for patients with metatarsalgia to reduce pain under the distal metatarsal heads. Several studies showed reduced pain and reduced plantar pressure just distal to the metatarsal pad. However, only part of the pain reduction could be explained by the decrease in plantar pressure under the forefoot. Therefore, an alternative hypothesis is proposed that pain relief is related to a widening of the foot and the creation of extra space between the metatarsal heads. This study focused on the effect of a metatarsal pad on the geometry of the forefoot by studying forefoot width and the height of the second metatarsal head.