3 Ways to Ease Achilles Pain

 

Your Achilles tendon runs along the back of your lower leg, connecting your heel bone to your calf muscle. Although it is one of the strongest tendons in your body, it is also one of the most frequently injured.

Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis occur when the tendon becomes inflamed. Considered an “overuse injury,” Achilles tendonitis affects both serious athletes and “weekend warriors.” Some activities that put strain on the tendon are running—particularly sprints, which cause you to push off forcefully, stair stepping and hill climbing. Any sudden increase in intensity or duration of repetitive activities that put stress on the tendon can result in inflammation. Symptoms of an Achilles disorder include pain anywhere along the tendon, tenderness and/or a feeling of tiredness or sluggishness in the lower leg.

Relieving and Protecting

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we have 3 ways to help relieve the pain and strain on the Achilles tendon. These products, all designed by a highly experienced podiatrist, can help reduce the strain on the tendon and lessen pain:

  1. Achilles Heel Sleeve—this sleeve fits over your foot and covers it from above the ankle to the middle of your foot. Made of a soft fabric with gel pads inside to cushion the back of the heel area, the Achilles Heel Sleeve protects the affected part of the heel and leg from friction while gently compressing and reducing pressure around the sore areas. The sleeve is washable, and the pads can be re-used over and over again. It comes in 2 sizes, S/M and L/XL, and is suitable for use with all types of footwear.
  2. Heel Lifts—these are often recommended by podiatrists to reduce stress on the tendon while it heals. Heel lifts help your tendon to be stretched less and therefore more relaxed. We offer 3 types of heel lifts: PPT, Cork and Adjustable Heel Lifts, which are made of resilient rubber. With the adjustable heel lifts you can peel off one or two layers to adjust the heel height for maximum comfort. Heel lifts come in various thicknesses and a number of different styles.
  3. Heel Pads—these come in two sizes, J-22 and J-64. Heel pads also offer cushioning for protection and comfort to those suffering with Achilles tendon issues.

To order these or any of our other foot care products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723) or visit our Deerfield Beach store.

Felt Pads Provide Callus Protection

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we offer many options for callus protection. Although calluses–those thick patches of skin that build up in a particular spot on your foot–look like a problem that is on the surface of the skin, in reality they signal a much deeper problem. A callus forms as a result of repeated pressure and is your body’s way of protecting a sore spot.

Some common conditions that can cause a callus to form include:

How Felt Pads Help

Our J-2 Felt Callus Pads surround a painful callus and reduce pain by transferring pressure from the callus to the cushion. They create a barrier between skin and shoes to help decrease pain and discomfort. The pads come in two sizes: 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch. J-2 pads are also available in a 1/8-inch foam, which also provide excellent off-loading for sore spots. Before using the J-2 Felt pads, we recommend that you talk to your podiatrist. Positioning the pad in the correct place is very important for maximum pain relief and to avoid additional injuries.

Helpful Tips

For best results, first wash your foot and dry completely. Then, carefully separate the pad from the paper backing and apply so that the opening is comfortably placed around the callus or tender area and the cushioning surrounds it. The adhesive backing will keep the pad in place. Warning: Do not place a felt pad on an open wound. If you experience any irritation or discomfort, discontinue use immediately and notify your podiatrist or medical doctor right way. Be sure to remove the cushion for at least 3 to 4 hours a day to allow the skin to breathe.

J-2 Felt Callus Pads are made of non-medicated, medical grade felt and can be used in all styles of footwear. The pads are latex free. They are sold in packages of 100 and can be purchased online. While you are there, be sure to check out all of our other products for foot problems. All of our items are designed by an experienced podiatrist to ensure quality products that fit your needs. You can also visit us at our Deerfield Beach store or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Providing Support for Ankles

Ankle sprains are a common podiatric injury and at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that one of the keys to fully rehabilitating an ankle sprain is providing support and cushioning to protect the ankle. An ankle sprain is the result of overstretching the ligaments that support your ankle. When an injury of this type occurs, the podiatrist will most likely recommend that you rest the ankle and perhaps receive physical therapy to help retrain the ligaments and strengthen the muscles that surround those ligaments. It’s essential that while this healing is in process that you not experience an additional ankle twisting injury. Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads offers several products that can help.

Gel Malleolar Sleeve

Malleolar Sleeve Gel

covers your entire ankle and provides protective cushioning. What distinguishes this sleeve from others is the addition of 2 gel discs

positioned on both sides of the medial and lateral malleoli (ankle). These discs cushion and protect the ankle from impact, pressure and potential injury. The Gel Malleolar Sleeve is great to wear with ski boots, cleats, roller blades and other fitness and sports footwear. The sleeve is latex free and one size fits all.

 

Moleskin Rolls

Moleskin Roll - Cut to size

A top choice of athletic trainers and podiatrists, these rolls provide support to the ankle and prevent additional sprains from occurring while the ankle is healing. The rolls come in 3 convenient sizes: 2-inch, 3-inch and 2-inch cut into 12-inch x 5 yards, so you can custom create the best wrap for your ankle injury. The moleskin has its own adhesive on one side.

 

J Tape White

Our 100% cotton with rubber based/zinc oxide adhesive tape is a breathable material that is strong yet gentle. It tears easily lengthwise and crosswise. This latex-free tape is preferred for strains, sprains and other conditions that require immobilization with support. It comes in three sizes: 1 inch, 1 ½ inch and 2 inch.

 

J Ban Tan

J-Ban tape

This cohesive wrap is made of a non-woven lightweight nylon, which is soft, comfortable and porous. It is self-adherent, sticking to itself but not to skin or other materials. It does not constrict but holds well even when stretched, making it an excellent pressure bandage. J Ban Tan is available in 1, 2 and 3-inch widths.

 

Self-Grip Compression Wrap

self-grip soft beige tape

This unique, self-grip compression wrap provides maximum support and firm compression to ligaments, tendons and muscles. It is ideal for strains, sprains, strappings and tapings. It will stick to itself but not to skin or hair and will not come off in water. It is made of a 98% cotton and 2% latex technology blend.

 

If you have an ankle injury or chronic ankle condition, contact us at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723) or shop our online catalog or our Deerfield Beach store for the right product for your condition.

Toe Tubes Can Save Your Vacation

In the past, you may have had to sit out on site seeing tours, skip the shopping trips or miss out on museum visits when vacationing because of a sore toe. Many conditions, such as bunions, corns, blisters, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, bony protrusions and sore spots can make wearing shoes excruciating and severely limit your vacation activities. Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads has a solution: All Gel Toe Tubes.

Easy to Use

These soft cushion pads made of 100% pure silicone gel create a barrier between the toe and your footwear, which offers pain relief and protection from additional friction. The tubes offer soft padding that feels silky smooth against your skin and gives hours of long-lasting comfort and never gets too tight. All Gel Toe Tubes can be used with any style of shoes or sandals. Wash in warm water and allow to dry completely. When cared for properly, toe tubes can be used over and over.

Customize for Your Toe Issue

All Gel Toe Tubes are 4 ½ inches long and come in 5 sizes from small to XXLarge. Choose the right size to comfortably fit the circumference of your toe and then cut to the appropriate size for the area that needs to be protected.

Wash and dry your toe and foot before applying the toe tube. Be sure to remove the cushion for at least 3 to 4 hours each day to allow the skin to breathe. Do not apply toe tubes to an open wound. If any irritation or discomfort occurs from using this product, discontinue use right away and notify your podiatrist.

All of Dr. Jill’s products are designed by a podiatrist who is highly experienced in treating all types of toe disorders and knows what patients need. If you are experiencing a problem with another area of your foot or ankle, browse our online catalog. Chances are we have a product that will bring relief and help make walking, standing and other daily activities more comfortable.

To learn more about our products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723) or visiting our Deerfield Beach, FL store.

Say Goodbye to Sore Feet

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Do you find that by the end of the day the balls of your feet just ache? This is a common complaint and we at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads have a way to alleviate that pain: Gel Ball of Foot Cushions. Pain in the ball of the foot can have several sources:

  • Fat pad atrophy—as you age the fat pad in this part of your foot begins to thin out
  • Dropped metatarsal head pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Calluses
  • Neuroma

Whatever the cause of the pain in the ball of your foot, Gel Ball of Foot Cushions can help. These durable gel cushions provide substantial cushioning for the painful areas on the bottom of your foot and offload metatarsal heads. They can be used in any shoes and will greatly increase your comfort when walking or standing for long hours. The pads come in two thicknesses to ensure a comfortable fit and have a self-stick surface making them easy to apply. The pads can be placed directly on the ball of the foot or behind it for maximum pain relief. Your podiatrist can advise you on the ideal placement based on your podiatric condition.

Application and Care

To use the Gel Ball of Foot Cushions, follow these simple steps:

  1. Wash your foot and dry completely. Do not apply any lotions, powders or ointments to the skin where the pad will be placed as this can dramatically decrease the effectiveness and life of the gel pad.
  2. Position the cushion with the hole comfortably placed on or behind the painful area of the ball of your foot.
  3. When ready to remove, simply gently peel the cushion away from the skin. (It is recommended that you remove the cushion for at least 3-4 hours each day to allow the skin to breathe.)

Gel Ball of Foot Pads are durable and reusable. Hand wash the gel pad with a mild soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. The self-adhering surface will renew once the pad is completely dry and it can be re-used many times if properly cared for.

Be aware, gel pads should not be placed on an open wound. If you experience any irritation or discomfort from the pad, remove immediately and notify your podiatrist of the reaction.

To learn more about Gel Ball of Foot Pads and other products that can bring foot pain relief, view our online catalog or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). You can also visit our store if you are in the Deerfield Beach, FL area.

Help for Hammertoes

A common foot problem that can cause patients an immense amount of pain is a hammertoe. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we offer solutions to help deal with this potentially debilitating condition.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes are a progressive condition. Although everyone recognizes the telltale bend in one or more toe joints of a hammertoe, this deformity starts out gradually. At first you may just notice your toe starting to bend downward, but over time, the bend becomes more pronounced and the toe becomes increasingly rigid in the deformed position. Secondary conditions such as corns and calluses may then form due to the pressure and friction the toe is now experiencing in its misaligned position while wearing shoes. As a podiatrist, Dr. Jill recognizes the importance of treating hammertoes while they are still somewhat malleable. She created a product to help greatly improve mobility and reduce pain and the risk of secondary conditions.

The Budin Splint

Hammertoes can develop on any toe but the big one. Although there are several potential causes of hammertoe, the most common is a muscle/tendon imbalance. The Budin Splint is constructed of comfortable but sturdy foam and elastic materials and it gently straightens the hammertoe. This allows it to lie straight, alleviating the pain on the top and tip of the toe. The Budin Splint is available for one, two or three hammertoes on the same foot. In addition to relieving discomfort, this product has several benefits:

  • It allows the toe(s) to bear weight normally so the patient can walk with their regular gait and thus prevents other foot and lower extremity conditions from developing due to an altered gait.
  • It does away with the unsightly bulge in the top of the shoe of the patient with hammertoe.
  • It will prevent the hammertoe from progressing to a worse state.

Wrap Straps

Another product that can help with re-positioning a hammertoe is the Wrap Straps. Made of thin, soft material, these comfortable straps can be custom cut to the appropriate length and then wrapped around the affected toes and secured with an adjustable Velcro closure.

All of Dr. Jill’s products are available in the Deerfield Beach, FL store or you can order online or by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Contact us for more information.

Protection for Sore Toenails

ingrown toenails

If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, you know how painful it is. A toenail the grows downward and into the skin around the nail bed causes the area to become red, swollen and very tender to the touch. Sometimes you can work the nail out of the skin by soaking the toe in warm water several times a day and gently massaging the nail bed. Often, your podiatrist will have to remove the ingrown toenail. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we have ways to help reduce the pain as your ingrown toenail heals.

Padding Brings Pain Relief

We offer two products that you can use to protect a tender toe. Both are caps that go over the entire toe, cushioning it and preventing painful pressure. One cap is a combination of fabric and gel and the other is an all-gel cap—both are latex free. These caps will relieve pain and allow you to wear shoes and continue with your daily activities until the toe is fully healed. Like all our products, the toe caps were designed by a podiatrist who truly understands the needs of patients with foot pain.  You can view the toe caps in our online catalog or contact us for more information.

Avoiding Ingrown Toenails

Some patients are particularly prone to ingrown toenails. The tendency for them can be inherited. They can also be caused by a trauma, repetitive banging of the toe (if you are a runner or soccer player, for example) or if there is another nail condition present, such as a fungal toenail. There are a few steps you can take to help prevent them from occurring:

  • Don’t wear shoes that have cramped toe boxes and squeeze toes together for long periods of time.
  • Keep nails trimmed straight across and not too short.
  • Never file toenails in a rounded shape or with curved edges.

You should also never attempt to cut out an ingrown nail or resort to “folk remedies,” like sticking a piece of cotton under the nail or cutting a notch in it. These just end up causing worse injuries and possibly a secondary infection as well.

You can order our toe caps and other foot pads online or by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). You can also purchase them in our store located in Deerfield Beach, FL.

GEL PADS OFFER PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT SURGERY

Foot pain is extremely debilitating. When even just standing and walking become excruciating tasks, relieving the pain becomes a top priority. Unfortunately, many foot conditions are chronic and need the off-loading that foot pads provide. Gel foot pads can make a dramatic difference, cushioning injured or inflamed areas and shifting weight away from painful points. If you have used drug store pads and have been less than satisfied, it’s time to try Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads.

Gel Foot Pads Relieve foot pain

The Dr. Jill Difference

Why are Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads the best? Because they are designed by a podiatrist. Dr. Jill Scheur, a renown podiatrist, saw a real need in her practice to provide patients suffering with flat feet, plantar fasciitis, corns, metatarsalgia and other conditions with a solution that could offer lasting pain relief and the ability to enjoy their daily active lives. Dissatisfied with what was available on the market, Dr. Jill designed her own pads.

Some advantages of Dr. Jill’s Gel Pads include:

  • Made of durable materials that provide sturdy, thick cushioning to protect problem areas of your feet.
  • Self-stick adhesive makes for easy application.
  • Versatile thicknesses can be used in virtually all types of footwear.
  • Washable and re-usable, each pad can be used multiple times.

In addition to gel pads, we also offer products in felt, foam and moleskin—thousands of different products in all. Shop our online catalog. If you have foot pain, chances are we have a product that can help. All of our top-quality products are manufactured in the United States and are currently used by a network of over 12,000, podiatrists, hospitals and medical clinics and over 100,000 patients. We also offer excellent customer service.

Not sure which product is best for you? Contact our helpful staff by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). You can place your order online or over the phone or, if you are in the area, come to our conveniently located Deerfield Beach, FL store. We are confident that we can help you get relief for your foot pain and look forward to serving you.

THE COMFORT AND EASE THAT AN ALL GEL TOE CAP PROVIDES

Dr. Jill’s All Gel Toe Caps are 100% PURE SILICONE and provide protection to help avoid the pain of toes rubbing together, causing more discomfort and a longer healing period for abrasions, ingrown nails, corns, cushion and hammer toes. These uniquely designed All Toe Gel Cap 1047Gel Toe Caps are another innovative method of making the simple act of walking a pleasure, not a pain!

Like all of Dr. Jill’s products, they are made with the utmost integrity, manufactured in the U.S. and outlast all other similar products. Each box includes one 100% Pure Silicone Toe Cap available in four easy sizes: Mini, Small, Medium and Large. While we’d all like to walk on air, Dr. Jill’s products are the next best thing!

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FELT U-SHAPED PADS

U-FeltThese callus pads are extremely effective for all types of foot pain. The unique U-shape and adhesive felt can be applied so that the area that needs to be relieved from surface pressure is accommodated.

Ideal for metatarsal blister relief or “bone on bone” fifth metatarsal cushioning, the felt is available in 1/8 inch and provides the cushioning effect that permits the area to heal.

Used for any metatarsal calluses, these superior felt cushions surrounds the sore area and off-loads for instant relief and remedies the pain encountered with simple walking or other activities.

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