When should it be used?
If your patient needs help to engage the windlass mechanism of their first metatarsophalangeal joint, then consider using this pad.
1 First Steps
Start by marking the bony landmarks of the foot that you’ll need to shape this pad around:
- The first metatarsal head
- The second to fifth metatarsophalangeal joints
- The edges of the arch
- The styloid process
2 Shaping the Pad
Cut and bevel a pad into the specific shape shown in the picture to the right.
- The pad is designed to be shaped around the first metatarsal head.
- Its length should reach the bottom (posterior) edge of the arch.
3 Final Steps
Remove the paper backing and secure the pad to the foot.
- The top bevelled edge should sit along the second to fifth metatarsophalangeal joints.
- The bottom of the pad should sit in line with the edge of the arch.