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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

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