Most clinicians believe that Metatarsalgia is aggravated by ill-fitting shoes that crowd the metatarsal heads of your second, third, and fourth toes. But did you know that most women’s shoes provide inadequate room for the ball of your foot and your toes? Counter to what many have thought, women actually have relatively wider forefeet than do men, which means women need a wider forefoot and toe area in a woman’s shoe. After more than 20 years of research, Harvard Medical School graduate Dr. Casey Kerrigan developed OESH Shoes for a woman’s foot anatomy, including a roomier forefoot and toe area…designed such that meta heads are never crowded, allowing them plenty of room to spread out with every step you take.
It is unclear where in the history of shoe-making having a “cradle” was ever thought to be a good idea, but women’s shoes tend to have even more of a cradle than do men’s shoes. A cradle causes uneven pressures under the ball of the foot and cramps the area where the metatarsal heads are located. Unlike other shoes that crowd the forefoot and compress the toes, OESH provides the room that these structures need, all on a unique elastic spring sole that is the core foundation of all OESH shoes. You can see the difference below.
Custom orthotics are often prescribed for metatarsalgia. Because of its uninhibited platform, OESH accommodates orthotics exceptionally well. If your physician recommends orthotics, simply replace the removable insole with the orthotic.
Casey developed OESH to specifically address women’s long-term wellness needs. Her background is unique in footwear–an honest-to-goodness Medical Doctor with a respect for the power of legitimate peer-reviewed medical research. Unlike any other footwear, proven medical science informs the critical nuances within the OESH design. Our uncommonly high success versus metatarsalgia can be directly attributed to this design discipline–a roomy forefoot area without any contour, allowing your foot and toes to move naturally and healthily, all above a comfortable elastic spring sole.