Heel Pain Has Many Causes

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that there are multiple reasons why patients may suffer with heel pain. The most common is plantar fasciitis. With this disorder, the ligament the runs from your toes to your heel in the bottom of your foot becomes irritated or inflamed (most often from faulty bone structure in the arch of the foot). When the plantar fascia is inflamed, extra pressure and pain in the heel is the result.

There are other causes of heel pain as well. Arthritis, tendonitis, nerve disorders and stress fractures are other possible causes of discomfort in the heel. Your Podiatrist will conduct a physical examination of your foot and may also order x-rays or other imaging studies to determine the source of your pain. The treatment for your heel pain will depend on its root cause.

Products that Can Help

In the meantime, however, if your foot doctor has not told you to stay off your foot completely, we can offer some products that will help protect your heel and ease your pain.

Heel Grips—made of 1/8-inch sponge rubber, our Heel Grips hug your heel to prevent it from slipping around inside the shoe. It also provides cushioning for tender, sensitive heels. Heel Grips have a peel n’ stick adhesive backing that makes them easy to fit in your shoes.

Gel Heel Cup—your hurting heel will feel like it’s floating on a cloud of soft gel with our Gel Heel Cup. This product provides superior relief for tender heels with every step for long-lasting comfort even when you need to be on your feet for a long period of time. The Gel Heel Cup is available in three sizes to fit every foot. It is a washable and re-usable pad that can be worn over and over again.

Gel Heel Pads—cushioned gel pads are designed for use in all styles of footwear. These Gel Heel Pads have a velvet soft top cover which offers additional comfort. They are latex-free and washable for repeated use.

Large Foam or Felt Heel Pads—These heel pads are made of felt and fits most men and women’s shoes. These pads are latex free and help alleviate heel pain.

Small Foam or Felt Heel Pads – our most popular pads, will fit most men and women’s small size shoes. Latex free as well and these pads really cushions the heel to minimize pain.

Cork Heel Lifts  –This heel lift comes in two different types of thickness and comes in a variety of sizes to fit most shoes.  Latex free and a breathable cork material which helps cushion the heel to reduce pain.

PPT Heel Lift Cushions – made of a comfortable cushion that comes in 3 convenient size. These heel lift cushions help to slightly raise your heel which helps take the additional pressure off.

Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads offers products that bring relief for many common foot conditions. To see all our products, view our online catalog or visit our store in Deerfield Beach, FL. Feel free to contact us for more information about our foot products by calling: 866-FOOT-PAD.

Treat Your Bunion While You Sleep

Bunions, also known as hallux valgus, although readily identified by the visible bump on the side of the big toe, are really caused by changes in the bone structure of your foot. Defects in the biomechanics of the foot cause the big toe to begin to drift towards the second toe. As the toe moves out of place it causes the bones to become misaligned and the characteristic bump on the side of the toe is formed. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that bunions are a progressive disorder. That’s why it’s important to have a bunion evaluated by your Podiatrist in its earliest stages. We offer two products that can help slow the progression of bunions while your sleep.

Gel Bunion Night Splint—this splint goes along the side of your foot and hooks over your big toe to help properly align the toe. It has an adjustable Velcro mid-foot binder and gel all along the inside of appliance which helps comfortably stretch the muscles and tendons. The Gel Bunion Night Splint can help slow the progression of the hallus valgus. It features a sturdy leather exterior and is latex-free. It comes in two sizes to fit both men and women.,

Bunion Night Splint—this is another version of a splint that works the same way as the Gel Bunion Night Splint. It is latex-free, and the Bunion Night Splint can also be used after bunion surgery during the healing process.

Each bunion is different and progresses at a different rate. Your Podiatrist will use physical examination and x-rays to determine the best course of treatment and also if and when surgery is needed. We offer several other products as well, including the Gel Bunion Cushion, Gel Bunion Sleeve and Gel Toe Tubes that can help relieve painful symptoms and make wearing shoes more comfortable.

To view these and all our other foot health care products, visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store or see our online catalog. If you have questions about any of our products, contact us at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Arch Support Makes Exercise More Comfortable

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that many patients can increase both their comfort and performance level in sports and fitness activities with the proper use of arch supports. If you have a low arch or flat feet, increased pounding of the foot due to repetitive actions like running can cause heel pain. This is because flattening of the arch puts increased pressure on the heel and also causes the inflammation of the plantar fascia—the long ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot.

We offer a number of products that can provide excellent arch support.  A few to consider include:

Gel Arch Pads—self-stick cushions of soft gel offer support for weak arches, high arches and pronation related foot problems. Designed to be used in all styles of footwear, the Gel Arch Pads are available in two thicknesses. Remove pad for at least three to four hours a day to allow feet to breathe. Pads are washable and can be re-used multiple times.

Arch Steppers—these flexible supports offer long-lasting comfort. Arch Steppers are scientifically contoured to keep your arch at its most efficient height, which helps eliminate pain. Made of flexible material with a ¾ length, these supports are lightweight and take up only minimal space in your shoes. They are also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. In addition to your fitness shoes, arch steppers can be used in most dress shoes as well.

Arch Binder—an elastic sleeve slips over the foot and provides gentle compression to the arch, comfortably lifting and supporting the plantar fascia. The Arch Binder relieves pain in both the arch and the heel. The sleeve fits either the left or right foot. It can be washed and re-used over and over again.

To see all the products we offer for arch support and other foot conditions, view our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. If you have any questions about our products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Gel Pads Provide TLC for Neuromas

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that patients suffering with a neuroma experience a lot of pain in the ball of their foot. This benign condition occurs when a nerve becomes enlarged on the underside of the foot, usually between two toes. A neuroma can be caused by anything that compresses the nerves in the forefoot. Oftentimes, pointy or narrow shoes and high heels are the culprit, putting excess pressure on the ball of the foot. An injury or biomechanical deformity can also be at the root of a neuroma. Whatever the cause, many patients say the end result is a feeling that you’ve got a rock in your shoe all the time. Podiatrists have several treatment options available for this condition. To relieving pain during the healing process we have many products that will help:

Ball of Foot Cushion – Ultra Thin—this incredibly comfortable wrap contains a soft gel cushion inside which provides superior padding. The sleeve slips over the entire forefoot and a satin strap holds it firmly in place. The Gel Ball of Foot Cushion can be worn on either foot. It is washable, allowing you to re-use it over and over.

Gel Dancer’s Pad—soft gel pads are self-sticking and can be positioned on the ball of the foot for maximum comfort. They are designed to shift weight bearing away from painful regions and reduce pressure on a neuroma (or other condition which affects the ball of the foot). Gel Dancer’s Pads are designed for use in all styles of footwear. They are available in two different thicknesses and can be washed and re-used multiple times.

Poron Metatarsal Pads—this product provides great cushioning and also biomechanical support if a physical defect is part of the cause of your neuroma. The Poron Metatarsal Pads have a fully adhesive back and will not flatten or bottom out. They are extremely durable and come in three sizes.

To see all of our products, view our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. If you need additional information about our products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Protecting Painful Corns

Corns are small, circular lesions of thickened skin that kind of resemble their namesake—a kernel of corn. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that corns normally develop on your foot as a result of repeated friction or pressure on a particular point on your skin. Corns are frequently a secondary condition in patients that have foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes. The toe that is bent out of position rubs against your shoes, causing repeated irritation that eventually develops into a corn. Corns can be painful and ultimately the underlying cause of the corn needs to be corrected in order to provide permanent relief. Your Podiatrist will know the right time and course of treatment to prescribe.

In the intervening time, however, we offer several products that can help keep the pressure off of an existing corn and greatly increase your daily comfort wearing shoes.

Gel Moleskin—in some cases, particularly in the early stages of a developing corn, a cushion over the irritated spot will bring pain relief. Our Gel Moleskin has a stretchy fabric top and it protects corns with a protective padding. The latex-free sheets can be custom cut to the appropriate size. Gel Moleskin is also great to have in your purse or backpack in case you feel a blister forming anywhere on your foot. Place a small piece over the area that hurts until you can get home and change your shoes.

Foam Corn Pads—made of non-medicated, medical grade foam, these pads have a center hole cut out that you place over the corn to create a barrier which reduces pressure from footwear and transfers weight away from the corn. Designed for use in all types of footwear, Foam Corn Pads have an adhesive backing that keep it in place.

Gel and Fabric Toe Cap—if a corn is large, our Gel and Fabric Toe Cap that slips over the entire toe may be the best choice. This is a good choice if the corn is caused by a hammertoe. Our Gel and Fabric Toe Cap cushions are for sore and deformed toes also and help relieve pain on the tips of the toes as well. Pads are washable and can be used over and over again. These pads have the added benefit of containing moisturizers that slowly release to help soften the skin too. Our bulk Ribbed Gel Toe Caps are available in several different sizes and can also be used for corns, moles and other sore areas on your toes.

To learn more about these and other products we have to help with corns, view our online catalog or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Top 3 Foot Products to Help Runners

It’s that time of year when people are starting new fitness routines. Running is a popular choice for people who want to get in shape in the upcoming year. Runners are susceptible to specific foot problems however, that can stop a new fitness plan dead in its tracks if proper precautions are not taken. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we offer many products that will help runners decrease foot pain and prevent possible long-term problems. Below are three of our most popular:

  1. All Gel Toe Cap—Runner’s Toe is a condition where one or more of the toenails turns black. The medical term for this is a subungual hematoma, which is basically blood pooling under the nail. It is caused by repetitive jamming of the toe up against the front of the shoe as you run. Although not particularly dangerous, runner’s toe can be quite painful. Our All Gel Toe Cap is extra padded and slips over the entire toe to protect it from shock and pressure. The provides comfort and prevents additional pain.
  2. Carbon Stabilizer Plates—Used as inserts in your shoes, Carbon Stabilizer Plates stiffen the sole of the shoe and thereby limit the range of motion of the forefoot and midfoot. This makes it a great choice if you suffer from turf toe, hallux rigidus, metatarsalgia and several other conditions of the fore and midfoot.
  3. Felt Metatarsal Pads—Another product that can help with metatarsalgia and other disorders that cause pain in the ball of the foot are our Felt Metatarsal Pads. These pads offload metatarsal heads and provides cushioning.

We offer products that can help with nearly all foot and ankle conditions. To see our full line of products, view our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. Have questions? Contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

New Year’s Resolutions Can Lead to Achilles Issues

Here’s a scenario that Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads commonly sees occurring in the month of January. Many people make New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. They are so gung-ho to achieve their goals that they start out a full speed—working out intensely every day for a week or two, even if they’ve been inactive for months. This often leads to very sore muscles and injuries. The Achilles tendon, the strongest tendon in the body, is one of the most commonly injured. Tight calf muscles, combined with exercise routines that involve stair steppers, hill running and prolonged activity that use the tendon quickly lead to inflammation, otherwise known as Achilles tendonitis. In worse case scenarios, tears or even a rupture can occur.

Achilles Products to Help

In most cases, rest and reducing strain on the tendon are recommended. We have products that can help:

Achilles Heel Sleeve—soft fabric contains gel pads gently compress the tendon area and reduce pressure around the sore area. The sleeve slips over the heel and up the ankle. The Achilles Heel Sleeve is washable and can be re-used over and over. It is latex-free and designed for all styles of footwear. Available in two sizes for a custom fit.

Adjustable Heel Lifts—three layers of resilient rubber allows you to set the height to 1/8, ¼ or 3/8 of an inch. Adjustable Heel Lifts have a suede leather top cover which makes them comfortable and durable. They are available in three sizes to all sizes of men and women’s shoes.

Other Heel Lifts—we also offer heel lifts made of cork, PPT and other materials to allow you to choose the best material for your comfort.

Felt Heel Padswe carry a variety of heel pads that help alleviate heel pain. These felt pads fit most women and men’s shoes and are latex free.

Gel Heel Padsthese soft gel pads cushion the heels with each step. They are washable and reusable with a velvet soft top cover for extra comfort for your heels.

 

Heel Elevator – This foot elevator doughnut- style device helps lift the heel off the bed to prevent pressure. The cover is washable and the Velcro closure allows for an adjustable fit.

 

All of our products are designed by a Podiatrist. To see what other conditions we can help with, shop our online catalog or our Deerfield Beach store. Questions? Contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Get Relief from Heel Pain

If all the time pounding the pavement doing holiday shopping, waiting in line at the post office and standing at holiday cocktail parties have left you with hurting heels, we at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads have products that can bring relief. Heel pain and plantar fasciitis can be caused by an inflamed plantar fascia (the long ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot) or fallen arches. The products below are designed by a Podiatrist to reduce pain and/or help give support to arches.

Plantar Fasciitis Arch Sleeve

This easy slip-on sleeve is made to be worn with or without shoes. The comfortable sleeve holds gel in place to provide arch support. The Plantar Fasciitis Arch Sleeve is helpful for patients with fallen arches, high arches, heel spurs, tired feet and those with pronation-related problems. The unique structure and shape of the gel prevent the foot from rolling over which reduces strain on tendons and absorbs shock with every step.

 Gel Heel Cup    

Made of gel, these cups provide superior cushioning making the heel feel as if it is floating. Designed to be used in all styles of footwear the pads will bring relief to those with tender heels who have to stand for long hours. It is latex-free and can be washed and reused multiple times.

Arch Binder

A comfortable elastic sleeve provides gentle compression to the arch and lifts and supports the plantar fascia. The Arch Binder offers plenty of forefoot support and relieves pain in both the arch and the heel. It fits on either the left or right foot and is washable for long-term use.

To see more products for plantar fasciitis and many other conditions, visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store or view our online catalog. Questions? Contact us by calling (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Gifts Your Feet Will Appreciate

You’ve shopped and found the perfect gift for everyone on your list but now that most of  them have been wrapped and the shopping, mailing, cooking and cleaning have been done, how about a gift for your feet? Those two amazing structures are what helped you get everything done this holiday season and at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we have some treats in store for your sore feet. Check out the products below to help relieve pain from common podiatric conditions and protect vulnerable parts of your feet.

Ingrown Toenails—for some patients, ingrown toenails are a chronic problem. Even if you wear the proper footwear that doesn’t have a narrow toe box which squeezes toes together, this can be a recurring condition. We offer a few products which can protect a sensitive toe that has an ingrown nail. These include:

  • All Gel Caps—slips over the entire toe or finger and insulates it from pressure and shock. Comes in multiple sizes for a comfortable fit. Our Ribbed Gel Caps are latex free and are conveniently sold in larger quantity packs.
  • Gel and Fabric Caps—this expandable, soft gel pad fits over the toe or finger and can be custom cut to the correct size.

Corns—these painful, hard spots on the feet often form due to pressure from footwear caused by a toe deformity or other biomechanical problem. Try these products to reduce pain:

  • Clear Gel Pressure Points—apply directly to the corn to protect from friction and pressure.
  • Gel Corn Pads—a soft fabric sleeve contains gel which breathes easily and stretches to fit your toes. Washable and reusable, these pads are made to be used in all type of footwear.
  • Gel Ecogel Tubes Ribbed—if you have a distal corn, these ribbed tubes are fully lined with gel to protect the skin. They are latex-free and available in two sizes. All of our EcoGel items release mineral oil to help soothe the affected area.

Toe Deformities—the more you walk, the more the toe moves out of place and the more pain you feel. We offer several products to help re-align your toes and protect them:

  • Toe Separators—we have a number of products designed to separate the toes made out of gel and foam.
  • Splints—we also feature several splints for one, two or three toes. These are also available in various materials.

See all products for crooked toes when you shop our website by symptom. To learn more about these or any of our other products, visit our Deerfield Beach store or contact us at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Get 25% Off Your Entire Order—Just in Time for the Holidays!

If you’re having a tough time getting all your holiday shopping done, Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads is here to help. We are offering an incredible 25% of your entire order, with no minimum purchase required. From December 17 through December 24th, simply enter the discount code: ENDOFYEAR18 and you’ll receive 25% of your whole order.

Save on Our Most Popular Products

You can use your 25% off discount to purchase any and all of our foot and ankle health care products. By far, our most popular products are our gel pads. Favorites of our purchasers include:

Gel Ball of Foot Cushions—dramatically reduces pressure when walking or standing. Excellent for those who have calluses, dropped metatarsal head pain, neuromas, fat pad atrophy or metatarsalgia. Pads are self-stick and can be washed and re-used again and again.

Gel Dancer Pads—these soft gel pads cushions are especially helpful with big toe joint pain. Patients who are suffering with hallux limitus and hallux valgus as well as those with metatarsalgia and dropped metatarsal head pain get great relief from these pads. Gel Dancer Pads are available in two thicknesses in or order to ensure a comfortable fit.

All Gel Tubes—got a sore toe? Whether you are experiencing pain due to an ingrown toenail, blister, bunion or other toe problem, the All Gel Tubes will create a barrier between your skin and footwear, thus protecting the painful area. The tube can be cut to any size and is designed for use in all styles of footwear. All our tubes and caps are made of 100% pure silicone and can be used on toes and fingers too.

We offer many other products for all type of foot and ankle disorders. Take advantage of the 25% off to get out felt Corn Pads, Budin Splints, J-tape, Gel Malleolar Sleeve, arch pads, heel lifts and orthotics. To see all that we offer, visit our online catalog or our Deerfield Beach, FL store. Have questions? Contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).  Order today and use your 25% end of the year discount to wrap up your holiday shopping.