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Strutz Foot Pads Instruction Guide

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


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April 28, 2015

I was just wondering what the difference is between the pro and rx? Thank you

May 08, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Joanne,

Thank you for your comment. The main difference is in the type of materials used. The materials that make up the Rx are slightly more durable than the materials that make up the Pro. Both options are great, however.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

June 17, 2016


I am wondering what the difference is between this and a metatarsal pad? Is this like a reusable metatarsal pad? Seems like it’s marketed as an arch support of some kind?

Moreover, if it truly functions like a metatarsal pad, it looks like the pad sits way below the ball of the feet to give the benefit for the transverse arch. Thank you for your help.

June 17, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Frank,

Thank you for your questions. There are two main types of metatarsal pads: Stationary and mobile. Stationary metatarsal pads, such as Pedag metatarsal pads (, have an adhesive backing and are permanently fixed inside your shoes, whereas mobile metatarsal pads can be worn on your bare feet, over your socks, or within any of your shoes or boots.

Both types of metatarsal pads are positioned just behind the ball of your foot and function in the same way to help spread your transverse arch. The type of metatarsal pad you use is simply a matter of personal preference.

Though the Strutz packaging and literature talks about the product offering medial longitudinal “arch support,” we believe that this product, by its very nature, functions best as a metatarsal pad. It does “support” the foot’s transverse arch in that it helps spread out the bones that make up that arch, creating more space for the nerves and blood vessels that pass through this very sensitive part of the foot.

I recommend checking out this article to learn more about foot pads:

Also, this article discusses natural arch support and why conventional arch support is largely unnecessary for most people:

Here’s wishing you the best in foot health! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

January 25, 2018

Hey! I was just wondering, do the Strutz foot pads help build back your arch if you’ve lost it?

January 25, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hey, Mike! In our experience, the best way to develop the inherent strength of your medial longitudinal arch is to return your big toe to its normal anatomical position (that is, in line with its corresponding metatarsal bone). This can be achieved through gentle stretching of your big toe, the use of Correct Toes toe spacers, and the use of footwear that’s widest at the ends of your toes.

Strutz foot pads help rehabilitate your foot by spreading your transverse foot arch, promoting proper forefoot foot pad positioning, and encouraging a healthy balance between your toe flexor and extensor tendons. Strutz foot pads can be used in combination with Correct Toes and foot-healthy footwear for synergistic foot health benefits.

This article offers a more comprehensive explanation of flat feet, including causes, symptoms, and possible solutions:

I hope this information has been helpful. If you have any other questions, please do let us know!

Kind regards,
Andrew Potter

February 13, 2018

Do the pads actually create an arch while wearing them in addition to Correct Toes?

February 13, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Chris,

Thank you for your question! The purpose of the pads is not to create an arch, but rather, to help spread out the transverse foot arch to give the structures (e.g., nerves, blood vessels, etc.) passing between the metatarsal heads a bit more space in which to operate. Strutz pads also help bring the toes back down toward the ground, which can be helpful in addressing crooked toe problems such as hammertoe and mallet toe. Strutz foot pads also help reposition the forefoot fat pad to a position that cradles and supports the heads of the metatarsal bones.

It’s really the combination of Correct Toes and flat-soled, flexible footwear that helps build the main foot arch. I recommend checking out this article, which discusses the concept of natural arch support in greater detail:

I hope this info helps!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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