These pads have made a fantastic difference to my foot. The ball of my foot was very sore from a metatarsal corn formed by a hammer toe. I could not walk barefoot without pain. From the first wear, the pad relieved pain totally! After little more than a week, I can go barefoot again without the pad. I still wear it in shoes to keep the corn at bay. I am delighted. The only drawback is that its thickness makes shoes tight - totally expected - but the relief is well worth it.