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One of the best forms of treatment for Metatarsalgia is insoles. Using insoles can reduce your pain levels and increase your function. In some cases, a custom insole is necessary due to extreme foot deformities, but in most instances, an off-the-shelf insole is sufficient.
Insoles for Metatarsalgia should be at least 3/4 length or full length as half-length insoles stop before the metatarsal heads, which is the location of Metatarsalgia. The best Metatarsalgia insoles have a deep heel cup to control the subtalar joint with a semi-rigid midsole, so it doesn’t collapse under body weight. Most importantly, additional cushioning should be under the forefoot to absorb the impact of walking. Forefoot cushioning can be foam padding or gel. Another option is using a metatarsal pad or dome to lift the metatarsal heads, reducing their contact with the ground through the gait cycle.
We have compiled a list of our 3 most recommended insoles for Metatarsalgia.
These insoles have a deep heel cup to provide additional stability to the subtalar joint, which helps to control the overall motion of the foot.
They have a soft forefoot which helps to reduce the force going through the metatarsals.
We recommend SuperFeet Metatarsalgia Insoles for people with mild symptoms of Metatarsalgia.Buy Now
SofSole Metarsalgia Insoles
The SofSole insoles have a neutral level of support with a gel cushion under the forefoot.
The neutral aspect of the insoles makes them suitable for a foot with medium to high arches, while the gel cushioning protects the metatarsal heads from further irritation.
We recommend the SofSole Metatarsalgia insoles for mild to moderate cases of Metatarsalgia.Buy Now
The Pedag insoles come with a deep heel cup and a semi-rigid shell. Both factors help control the foot’s motion through the gait cycle.
A metatarsal dome on the forefoot of the Pedag insole helps by raising the metatarsal heads and offloading the affected area of the forefoot.
We recommend the Pedag Metatarsalgia insoles for moderate to severe cases of Metatarsalgia.Buy Now