Can 3D orthoses help with metatarsalgia?

Public (en) | March 9, 2023

Orthèses Talaria

3D orthoses are one of the most effective solutions for treating patients suffering from metatarsalgia. In this article, we will look at metatarsalgia and examine the efficacy of 3D orthoses as a treatment option. Specifically, we will define how these types of foot orthoses can decrease inflammation and alleviate the associated pain.

What is metatarsalgia? 

Metatarsalgia is a condition characterized by severe pain in the forefoot, from the arch of the foot to the toes. This pain is typically felt when walking, standing, or touching the affected area and can present as a burning sensation, cramp, throbbing, tingling, or numbness. The symptoms can be localized or more widespread.

The primary cause of metatarsalgia is a collapse of one or more metatarsals when the body load supported by the area is too great and poorly distributed. Other factors such as arthritis, walking on hard surfaces, Morton’s neuroma, stress fractures, various traumas and injuries to the foot, or a collapse of the plantar arch can also contribute to the development of this condition. Additionally, wearing certain types of shoes, such as work shoes with stiff soles or high heels that compress the front of the foot, can also cause metatarsalgia.

How to treat metatarsalgia?

3D orthoses are a highly effective solution for treating metatarsalgia. They not only adjust the position of the foot but also conform to it to the nearest millimetre, providing targeted support for weak areas. This helps to distribute body weight more evenly, reducing pain in the affected joints. Additionally, 3D orthoses are versatile as they can be customized for all types of people with metatarsalgia, including athletes, elderly individuals, children, and professionals, making them a valuable tool for healthcare providers to address their patients’ needs.

How do 3D orthoses treat metatarsalgia?

3D orthoses are by far a superior option for treating metatarsalgia compared to traditional supports. They are more precise, durable, and effective, as they are manufactured using state-of-the-art technology and podiatric expertise. The patient’s foot is scanned using a 3D sensor to create an impression that takes into account every millimetre and characteristic, which is then sent to a laboratory, developed on a 3D printer, and finally given to the podiatrist. If necessary, the orthoses can be adjusted after the patient tries them on. 

They are entirely custom-made, acting like a second skin for the wearer, providing optimal support for the arch of the foot and the forefoot, reducing pressure on the metatarsals and redistributing the weight’s load. In this way, 3D-printed orthoses not only restore the body’s balance by stabilizing the foot but also reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

3D orthoses are an invaluable tool for treating metatarsalgia

Indeed, 3D orthoses are an effective solution for reducing pain associated with metatarsalgia by supporting and positioning the foot. They are a targeted, precise, and successful treatment option for patients suffering from this condition, improving their daily lives. 

If you are interested in offering this technology to your patients, we invite you to contact Talaria to learn more about our products and become part of our network.