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How to Place Metatarsal Pads

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June 01, 2016
Marci Stephenson

Will I be able to sleep with Correct Toes on? Will I be able to walk around inside with Correct Toes on (and without shoes)?

June 01, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Marci,

Thank you for your message. To answer your question, yes, you may wear your Correct Toes overnight as a night splint and to help passively realign the toes. However, the greatest corrective effects occur when using Correct Toes during physical activity or in a weight-bearing situation (e.g., standing, walking, running, etc.).

If you do choose to wear the device while sleeping, some people find it helpful to wear socks over their toe spacers to help them stay in place.

Wearing Correct Toes around the house is a great way to get used to how they feel and to gauge if there is any need for a modification to help the device better fit your needs. The four most common ways to keep your Correct Toes rooted in place are:

1. Use them within a conventional sock.
2. Use them with or without toe socks inside an appropriately wide toe box shoe.
3. Trim down the “nubs” that project toward the foot on the device’s 1st and 4th pillars (please see this video, starting at 7:51, for a demonstration:
4. Use two thin velcro straps to secure the device to your big and little toes.

Of course, wearing your Correct Toes within a foot-healthy shoe is the best way for the device to work because your feet are in motion and the device is helping your toes realign with your metatarsal bones.

I hope this info helps!

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

March 02, 2018
Deb Miller

Do you have a list of recommended shoe brands or styles that work well with Correct Toes and metatarsal pads? Particularly athletic shoes. Thank you!

March 02, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Deb,

Thank you so much for your question. All of the footwear we offer on our site is Natural Footgear Certified, which means that it lives up to our high standards for what constitutes foot-healthy footwear. You can learn more about our Natural Footgear Certified stamp of approval here:

An important aspect of the Natural Footgear Certified stamp for footwear is that the shoe, boot, or sandal must work in combination with Correct Toes. All of our women’s footwear offerings work great with Correct Toes, and you can find them here:

Be sure to check the sizing tab for each different model, as the sizing tends to vary a bit from one brand to the next (and sometimes, even within the same brand!). If you have any additional questions about our options, please just let us know. We’re happy to help!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

October 22, 2018
Ana Cristina Prem

I’ve been using Pedag metatarsal pads for two days with my Lems shoes and my ball of foot pain has been incredibly minimized.

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and making people feel more comfortable.

The videos are very professional and I’m learning a lot!!!

All the best!

October 22, 2018
Natural Footgear

Terrific! Thank you for your kind words, Ana Cristina. I’m very glad to hear that the shoes and metatarsal pads are helping reduce your ball of foot pain!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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