A metatarsal pad or dome is a useful way to splay the metatarsal heads and offload painful problems in the forefoot and improve toe function.
These metatarsal dome pads are sold in pairs and come in three different sizes:
Small (1): 37mm x 45m; 6mm thick
Medium (3): 45mm x 52m; 8mm thick
Large (5): 54mm x 58m; 10mm thick
They are used by gluing them into the shoes or onto insoles that are already in the shoes. See this on how to find the right place to glue the pads.
Frequently asked questions about the Metatarsal Dome Pads
How long does shipping take?
We ship every day. Most orders are sent the day we get them. However, we are at the mercy of Australia Post or the different couriers that we use after that. This can vary from a few days up to a week or so and obviously more during the festive season. We do try our best to get them to you as quickly as possible.
Do the metatarsal dome pads come with a self adhesive?
No. You adhere them in the shoe or to an insole with a glue (see this).
Why are they so expensive for a small piece of rubber?
The price includes shipping.
Are these metatarsal dome pads firm or soft?
They are probably classified as being between firm and soft. They are not so soft that they will be flattened under the foot and do nothing, but they are not so firm or hard that they are uncomfortable.
How do you determine where these metatarsal dome pads should be placed?
They should be placed just behind the metatarsal heads on the insole or in the shoe (see this).
What are “dome pads”?
There is nothing special about the name “metatarsal dome pads”. Some people call them “metatarsal domes” and others call them “metatarsal pads”, so we just used that term to cover both names.