Foot Pain Can Lead to Falls

September is the month for Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Every 11 seconds, a senior citizen is treated in an emergency room for a fall injury. In fact, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries to older adults. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that one of the primary reasons for falls is foot pain. If your feet hurt, it changes your gait. It’s natural to try to walk in a way that prevents pain. However, altered walking patterns can throw off your balance and result in trips and falls. Our foot pads are designed to relieve foot pain due to a wide variety of podiatric problems. Below are some common sources of foot pain and a sampling of the products we offer to bring relief.

Plantar Fasciitis—inflammation of the plantar fascia (the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot) gives many patients excruciating heel pain. If you suffer with plantar fasciitis, consider the following products: Gel Heel Cup, Plantar Fasciitis Arch Sleeve and the Plantar Fascial Straps – Moleskin.

Corns—they may be tiny, but corns can be incredibly uncomfortable. Often corns are a secondary condition associated with deformities such as bunions or hammertoes. Products that can help cushion corns and decrease pain include: Gel Corn Pads, Gel and Fabric Toe Cap and Clear Gel Pressure Points.

Ball of Foot Pain—there are several conditions that can result in pain in the ball of the foot, including metatarsalgia, neuromas, fat pad atrophy and dropped metatarsal heads. To increase comfort while standing and walking, we suggest: Gel Ball of Foot Cushions, Ball of Foot Cushion – Ultra Thin and Gel Foot Cover.

We offer foot pads for virtually every type of foot pain and disorder. If you are experiencing foot discomfort, be sure to schedule a visit with your Podiatrist. Browse our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store to find the best pads and products to help relieve pain and make walking more comfortable. If you have questions about any of our products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Fall Shoes Increase Bunion Pain

When the temperatures begin to drop, many women find that bunion pain intensifies as they switch from flip flops and open sandals to closed toed shoes. Bunions are a progressive condition and will only get worse over time. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we have several products that can help relieve bunion pain.

Spreader with Bunion Combo—this multi-faceted product brings relief from bunion discomfort in a few ways. First, it separates and aligns toes properly and prevents first and second toes from rubbing against one another. The cushioning in the Spreader with Bunion Combo protects the bunion and reduces pain. This product is latex-free.

Gel Bunion Sleeve—a soft gel pad inside the flexible fabric provides superior cushioning over the bunion. It slips easily over your big toe and the gel pad conforms to your foot so as not to create extra bulk in the shoe. You’ll experience immediate relief with the Gel Bunion Sleeve. Best of all, it’s washable and can be re-used over and over for long-lasting comfort. Universal size fits on either foot.

Gel Bunion Night Splint—this product brings relief and helps slow the progression of a bunion while you sleep. The Gel Bunion Night Splint properly aligns the toe, thereby reducing pressure on the bunion. It also stretches the tendons and muscles of the big toe. Soft gel lines the inside of the appliance which has a leather exterior and adjustable Velcro straps mid foot.

Self-Adhesive Gel Corn Pads—a secondary problem caused by bunions are corns that can form on the toe caused by friction from footwear. These Self-Adhesive Gel Corn Pads will adhere to skin to surround and protect the sore area and at the same time create a barrier between toe and shoe. Wash and reuse these pads multiple times.

We offer products to help with every kind of foot pain. See our online catalog for a complete listing or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our helpful staff at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Helping Senior Feet

In September we recognize Falls Prevention Day. One of the most common reason for falls is foot pain which can cause a patient to walk in such a way that they avoid the pain but may compromise their balance. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads,  we have many ways that patients can reduce foot pain.

Gel Heel Cup—the fat pad on the heel naturally atrophies as you age. If you get to the point where there is not enough cushioning on the heel, pain can ensue. Our Gel Heel Cup cushions your heel with every step. These incredibly comfortable gel pads are also machine washable and designed to be used in all styles of footwear.

Plantar Fasciitis Gel Sleeve—another common source of foot pain stems from the plantar fascia—that long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes to your heel. Our Plantar Fasciitis Arch Sleeve can help relieve discomfort from high or fallen arches, tired feet or weak arches. Easy to slip on, this product can be worn with or without shoes to strengthen your arch and give the necessary support.

Achilles Heel Sleeve—this product helps bring relief for another common foot condition: Achilles tendonitis. The soft gel pad inside the sleeve can provide gentle compression and thereby reducing pain and pressure around the tendon.  An added bonus—the Achilles Heel Sleeve can be washed and re-used over and over.

Dealing with foot pain promptly and following your Podiatrist’s instructions for relieving it is just one way senior patients can reduce their risk of falls. Other recommendations include:

  • Get eyes examined regularly.
  • Discard shoes that are worn out.
  • Make modifications to your home by removing objects that can trip you up and improve safety with grab rails and additional lighting.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic foot condition as a senior, chances are we have a product that will help lessen your pain. View all of our products through our online catalog. If you have questions, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Insoles Make Your Feet Say, “Ahhh….”

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If you spend long hours on your feet every day, standing and walking, we at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads know it’s natural for you to experience tired and aching feet. Insoles are a way of adding extra cushioning to your shoes which improves comfort and can lessen fatigue. Insoles can also be part of a solution for chronic foot problems such as plantar fasciitis. Below are some of our many popular insole products.

Memory Mold Insoles—not only are these insoles ultra-comfortable, they contain memory foam which helps them conform to your unique feet for a custom fit. The Memory Mold Insoles are lightweight and durable and can be used to aid in treatment of several foot disorders including heel pain and plantar fasciitis.

Hidden Comfort Insoles for Open Shoes—these wonderfully cushioned insoles have a secret. They are incredibly slim and provide discreet cushioning for more open shoe styles such as sandals, sling backs, slides and strapped shoes. Hidden Comfort Insoles for Open Shoes are also latex free.

Half Spring Steel Insoles—in addition to providing additional cushioning to the footbed, insoles can also be used to limit foot motion. Conditions such as turf toe, arthritis, hallux limitus and any condition that requires a semi-rigid foot bed will benefit from the Half Spring Steel Insoles. The plates in these insoles are constructed to limit dorsiflexion at the MP joints.

You may be surprised to learn all of the many chronic podiatric problems that our foot pads and other products can help with. See all of our products on our online catalog or consider visiting our Deerfield Beach, FL store. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is also ready and able to help you decide on the best foot pad products for your condition. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Show Your Feet Some Love

During the month of August we celebrate National I Love My Feet Day and here at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we’re all about giving your feet comfort and relief from painful foot problems. Our products are designed by Podiatrist, Dr. Jill Scheur. Dr. Scheur felt a strong need to provide patients, Podiatrists and other medical professionals and medical facilities with high-quality foot pads at reasonable prices. Since 2001, Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads have been the premiere manufacturer of gel, felt, foam and moleskin foot pads to treat nearly all types of foot disorders and pain. Below is a sampling of some of our popular products.

Gel Ball of Foot Cushions—Do you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Calluses
  • Fat Pad Atrophy
  • Neuroma
  • Dropped metatarsal head pain
  • Metatarsalgia

If so, our Gel Ball of Foot Cushions will provide excellent cushioning and soothing, long-lasting comfort. These self-stick cushions reduce pressure when walking or standing. They are designed for use in all styles of footwear and are washable. Each cushion can be used over and over again. Available in two thicknesses to best suit your condition.

All Gel Toe Cap—For patients who have suffered a trauma to the toe or are dealing with a painful ingrown toenail, corn or hammertoe we suggest the All Gel Toe Cap. With an extra padded gel tip, this toe cap provides superior comfort and insulates toes against shock and pressure. As an added bonus, the gel slowly releases mineral oil to moisturize the skin of the affected toe.

Gel U-Shaped Pads—Useful for painful calluses, metatarsalgia, neuromas and other sources of foot pain, these soft gel cushions surround the sore callus with the u-shape part to transfer pressure from the hurting area to the cushion. Self-stick back makes for easy application and long-lasting comfort. Gel U-Shaped Pads can be washed and reused multiple times.

If you need a foot pad to address a different foot issue, check our complete list of products on our online catalog or contact us for more information by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). You can also visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. We look forward to serving all your foot pad needs.

Arch Support to the Rescue

Have the dog days of summer left you with aching arches? At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that many patients spend lots of time during the summer months on their feet, often in shoes with little or no arch support. Because of this, you may find that you have pain in the arch of your foot. Fortunately, we offer products that can be inserted in your shoes to give your arch a boost and relieve soreness.

Arch Steppers—these arch supports are scientifically contoured to support your arch at its most efficient height, thereby eliminating pain. Made of durable, flexible material, Arch Steppers provide comfortable and long-lasting support for hours of standing and walking. The ¾ length ensures extra room in the toe area and takes up minimal space in the shoe for maximum comfort. Designed for use in all types of footwear, including most dress shoes, the Arch Steppers are also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

Gel Arch Pads—weak and/or fallen arches will appreciate the soft gel cushioning offered by our Gel Arch Pads, which enables your foot to maintain its proper position. These self-stick cushions are easy to apply and can be used in all styles of footwear. Gel Arch Pads come in two thicknesses and are latex free. These supports are washable and can be used repeatedly.

Felt Arch Pads—one of our most popular items, this lightweight ¼” skived pad comes in two sizes to accommodate most shoe sizes and is latex free. Equipped with an adhesive backing, just stick the Felt Arch Pads on the bottom of the foot or inside your shoe for instant comfort.

Arch Pad – Poron Blue—these pads are made of a medical grade soft tissue supplement. Arch Pad – Blue Poron offers the highest level of protection against pressure and the maximum amount of shock absorption. These pads offer excellent arch support and skives, buffs and burrs easily and smoothly. Pads have a fully adhesive back and will not flatten or bottom out.

Proper arch support is essential for maintaining good foot health and avoiding pain and discomfort. To see more products that can help with arch support and other foot health concerns, see our online catalog or pay a visit to our store, located in Deerfield Beach, FL. If you need assistance choosing the right products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Help for Patients with Hammer Toes

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that people with hammer toes suffer in more than one way. Most often caused by a muscle/tendon imbalance that leads to structural and neurological changes in the foot, this deformity takes its name from the bent position of the toe, which resembles a hammer. The tendency for a hammer toe can be inherited, and in some cases, it may be caused by a trauma to the toe. The abnormally bent toe can make walking uncomfortable and affect your balance. Hammer toes are a progressive condition but in the earlier stages the toes are still somewhat flexible. We offer products to help straighten and properly align the affected toe or toes.

Budin Splints—our Budin Splint is available for single, double or triple toes. Made of sturdy but comfortable foam and elastic material, the splint gently straightens up to three toes, helping them to lie straight. The Budin Splints allow patients to bear weight normally and will prevent the deformity from becoming worse. The splints have a very well-padded bottom to cushion the ball of the foot and provide extra comfort while standing. These splints are designed to fit in most shoes (choose left or right foot). They are washable and can be reused many times.

Triple Toe Gel Crest Pad—this latex free product features soft, stretchy premier gel with three loops. When worn with the toe crest on top the Triple Toe Gel Crest Pad lifts three toes up. Worn with the crest on the bottom, this product can help prevent toes from overlapping.

Relieving Corns

The second problem patients with hammer toes experience is painful corns on the top of the toes that are bent. This is the result of friction with footwear due to the deformity forcing the bent part of the toe up against the top of the shoe. To provide relief, we suggest the following products: All Gel Toe Cap, Gel EcoGel Tubes Ribbed, and our Toe Tube Foam.

If you have toe or foot that is hurting, chances are we have a solution to help increase comfort and decrease pain. To see all of our products, check our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. Questions? Contact us at (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Improving Comfort for All Athletes

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that in many parts of the country, young athletes are already gearing up for the fall sports season. High schools take sports seriously and usually start even before school is in session with intense practice periods. For teens who have been inactive most of the summer this can be a recipe for podiatric disaster resulting in injuries and foot pain. Be sure that your teen is moving during the last weeks before the fall sports season starts. If they have an ongoing podiatric problem, it is strongly recommended that they get a checkup from their Podiatrist. Below are some common problems athlete’s face and some products that can help increase comfort while playing sports.

Turf Toe—this injury is a sprain of the big toe that can occur with a sudden and extreme pushing off with the foot. The injury is more apt to occur on artificial turf which can cause the foot to come to a stop more abruptly than natural grass fields, hence the name, Turf Toe. To help stiffen the sole of the shoe and limit the range of motion of the fore- and midfoot, we recommend our Carbon Stabilizer Plates. These are extremely thin and immobilize the toe to help prevent injury. They are available in men and women’s sizes and are also helpful in preventing shin splints, another common sports injury. The Turf Toe/Bunion Strap J-61 is also another great product to help alleviate pain with Turf Toe. This product adds extra support to the big toe and is latex free.

Heel Pain—many teens experience a condition known as Sever’s disease. This disorder causes severe heel pain due to the growth plate at the back of the heel not being fully developed and becoming inflamed. Gel Heel Pads provide incredible cushioning and provide comfort and pain relief with every step. These pads are designed to be worn in all types of shoes. They are washable and can be re-used many times.

Runner’s toe—a black toenail may be a cause for alarm unless you are a runner and used to this sight, which is caused by the constant impact of the toe against the front of the shoe. Our All Gel Toe Cap slips over the affected toe and helps insulate the toe against shock and pressure. Our Toe Caps – Rib Gel is another product we offer that can help relieve runner’s toe pain. The Toe Caps -Rib Gel comes in multiple size to fit any toe.

We offer products to help with all types of foot pain. To see all of our products, view our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. Contact us if you have questions about specific products by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Dealing with Flip Flop-itis

What? You’ve never heard of flip flop-itis? At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we share the concern of many Podiatrists that patients who spend too many hours in traditional flip flops are likely to suffer with foot pain and possibly sustain an injury to their feet or ankles. The problem with traditional flip flops is that they offer no protection to your feet. They also have zero arch support. This can cause heel pain and aggravate the plantar fascia increasing the risk for plantar fasciitis. Below are some products to help with the effects of overuse of flip flops (but they do not take the place of wearing more supportive shoes!).

Gel Arch Pads—wearing flip flops all the time encourages your arches to flatten. Gel Arch Pads offer soft gel to support weak arches and also helps with pronated related foot problems. These self-stick cushions are easy to apply. They can be used in all styles of footwear. They are washable and can be re-used many times.

Arch Binder—this product helps relieve both arch and heel pain. An elastic sleeve provides gentle compression to the arch. The Arch Binder comfortably lifts and supports the plantar fascia. Simply slip over your foot like a sleeve. It fits either the left or right foot and is washable and re-usable.

Gel Heel Cup—sore heels will feel like they are floating on a cloud with these cushioned gel pads. Gel Heel Cups are a great item BUT they will never stay in place in an open toe shoe like a Flip Flop and are meant for sneakers or any shoes with a closed heel. They provide superior relief for tender heels. These cups can be used over and over.

We offer products to treat all types of foot pain and discomfort. To see all of our products, view our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach, FL store. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. If you have questions about our products, contact us by calling: (866) 366-8723.

Taking Care of Toe Troubles

Toes–they may be little but at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know if they’re hurting, they can cause a big problem. When toes are in pain it makes it difficult to stand or walk. Wearing shoes can become a source of excruciating discomfort. Thankfully, we offer many products to help with a myriad of toe problems. Below are some of our more popular ones.

Ingrown Toenails—cutting toenails too short or rounding the edges can allow the nail start to grow into the skin surrounding the nail bed. Wearing shoes that are too tight can also foster the development of this painful condition. For some patients, ingrown toenails are a chronic problem. If you suffer with this disorder, consider our All Gel Toe Cap or the Gel and Fabric Toe Cap.

Hammertoes—so named because of the hammer-like appearance of the toe when it has this deformity, patients with hammertoes have to be careful to treat them in the early stages while the toes are still flexible. Without treatment, hammertoes can become rigidly bent in the misaligned position leading to difficulty with balance and secondary conditions of corns and calluses from the toe rubbing against the tops of shoes. Some products to try if you have a hammertoe include, the Triple Toe Gel Crest Pad, which can be worn with the crest on top of the toes to hold down three toes and keep them straight as well as provide a barrier to footwear. Some other helpful products are: our Budin Splint Triple Toe and our Foam Toe Separators.

Turf Toe—this injury is essentially a sprain of the big toe joint that can occur from a sudden jamming of the toe or repetitive stress on the joint. Less flexible shoes can help with turf toe as well as our Carbon Stabilizer Plates, which will limit the range of motion of the forefoot.

We have products to help with nearly any foot problem. To see all our products, view our online catalog or stop by our store in Deerfield Beach, FL. If you need more information about specific products, contact us at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).