Moleskin pads have been used for numerous foot conditions for decades. These inexpensive foot pads are really a thin felt sheet with an adhesive backing. The most common shape of a mole skin pad is the kidney shaped foot pad.
Callus and blisters are caused by friction or pressure on the skin. This is usually due to the shoe rubbing on a boney prominence or the body’s weight on the shoe. In the case of a callus, the unlaying skin is trying to protect it self by growing more skin. Over production of this abnormal skin growth will cause a callus to form.
Blisters are also caused by shoe irritation and pressure. Instead of a callus formation, the skin will try to protect itself by forming a fluid filled sac.
By wearing a mole skin pad the abnormal friction is dispersed upon the pad and not the skin. Many athletes will wear them to protect a boney prominence. Women who wear high heeled shoes also will use moleskin pads to prevent shoe irritation.
The most common areas on the foot to use a moleskin pad are the metatarsals and behind the heel. The posterior heel is very susceptible to blister formation since the shoe riding up and down will cause skin irritation and possible blister formation. Metatarsal area gets a pounding from the ground and especially if the shoe does not have enough cushioning. People with a thin plantar fat pad especially can benefit from a moleskin foot pad.