Help for Holiday Heel Pain Flare Ups

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we’re hearing that many of our customers are experiencing heel pain. This is no surprise to us. The holiday season mean lots of pounding the pavement—literally—looking for gifts, running errands and making the rounds of holiday parties. This can take a toll on your heels. Heel pain can have several sources. It’s natural as you age for the fat pad on your heel to wear down. This is called heel pad atrophy. Less padding means your heel is more easily inflamed. Poor arch support can also impact your heel if the plantar fascia, a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. Fortunately, we have products that can give your heel the extra help it needs to make it through the holiday season.

Warwick Heel Wedge—if you have an anomaly in your gait, such as feet that turn inward or outward, the effects will definitely be exaggerated with extra walking. The Warwick Heel Wedge improves walking habits and posture. It is reversible so it can be used for either inward or outward leading. Hypoallergenic and latex-free, this product is available in three sizes to accommodate male and female feet.

Gel Heel Sleeve—this product protects the heel from pressure, abrasion and friction and provides an added bonus benefit during this dry season: the medical grade gel inside the sleeve gradually dissipates a mineral oil  to moisturize, soften, soothe and rejuvenate dry skin. The Gel Heel Sleeve is washable and can be re-used over and over again. It has a universal design, so it fits comfortably on either foot.

Gel Heel Cup—your heel will feel like its floating on a gel cloud! Gel Heel Cup provides superior cushioning and relief for those who are spending long hours on their feet. Designed for use in all styles of footwear, this product can be washed and used many times.

If the holiday season has you experiencing foot pain, chances are we have a product that will help. To see a complete listing of all our products, view our online catalog. You can easily order any of our products online through our website or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Our helpful staff is ready to answer questions and assist you in getting the right products for you.

Treating Toe Deformities

Crooked toes, hammertoes, bunions—at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that toe deformities can be a source of pain and disability for many patients. If you suffer from a toe disorder, you should be under the treatment of a Podiatrist. The foot doctor will help track down the source of your toe deformity and prescribe the best treatment for you. There are a number of conservative and surgical solutions for toe deformities. Your choice of footwear can also play a key role in the progression of your disorder. Be sure to choose shoes that have a roomy toe box. Styles that squeeze toes together or are too short in the toe box can all exacerbate toe deformities, leading to increased discomfort and secondary conditions such as corns. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we have a number of products that can help:

Wrap Straps—this simple yet effective conservative treatment can be used for re-positioning overlapping toes, hammertoes or crooked toes. Wrap Straps have an adjustable Velcro closure and can be used to secure two or three toes together. It is easy to apply and can be cut to a customized size for optimal fit. Made of a soft, thin material, these straps are comfortable and can be worn underneath socks and with any shoes.

Gel Buddy Splint—made from our Premier Gel, Gel Buddy Splint can help separate and a properly align crooked toes or overlapping digits. Consisting of two soft, stretchy gel loops with a spacer in between, this product is latex-free and comes in three sizes to ensure a comfortable fit.

Toe Separators – Foam—these soft foam separators provide relief from rubbing and irritation between toes. Made of non-medicated, Medical Grade Foam, Toe Separators give superior cushioning and gently separates toes that are overlapping or deformed.

To see a complete list of all our foot pad products, view our online catalog. You can easily order any of our products online through our website or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Our helpful staff can answer questions and assist you in getting the right products for your all your foot conditions.

 

Black Friday Shopping Helpers

The count down to Black Friday has begun and we at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads know this means a very long day for your feet chasing down holiday shopping bargains, standing in lines and hurrying from store to store. While your wallet may be grateful, your feet may not be. Unless, that is, you take care to protect them before you head out. Below are some of our most popular products for protecting vulnerable areas on your feet.

U-Shaped Gel Callus Cushions—calluses develop on your feet in response to excessive pressure or another foot problem. Use our U-Shaped Gel Callus Cushions to prevent the affected part of your foot from becoming inflamed and painful. The shape of the pad allows the callus to be surrounded and thus transfers pressure from the callus to the cushion. Latex-free and washable, these cushions are designed to give long-lasting comfort in all styles of footwear.

All Gel Toe Cap—they may be little but if you have a sore toe it can put a pretty big crimp in your shopping day. If you are suffering with an ingrown toenail or have hammertoes our All Gel Toe Cap is your ticket to comfort. The soft gel cap slips over your entire toe providing protection and cushioning. Available in four sizes for the perfect, not too tight fit, these pads are also washable and can be reused many times. An added bonus, the padded toe tip contains mineral oil which is slowly released to moisturize the skin of the affected toe.

Full Length Orthotics—offering exceptional shock absorption, these orthotics also promote proper alignment of your feet. This can help not only your feet, but also help alleviate pain in your knees, hip and lower back. Full Length Orthotics are super-thin and lightweight yet sturdy and durable—the closest thing you’ll get to custom orthotics without a mold.

To see a complete list of all our foot pad products, view our online catalog. You can easily order any of our products online through our website or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Our courteous and knowledgeable staff can answer questions and help you get the right products for your all your foot conditions. Happy Shopping!

Give Your Boots a Boost

Do you love to wear fashion boots? Are you experiencing arch or heel pain or do your feet just feel tired and achy overall? At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that if you answered yes to both questions, there may be a connection there. Fashion boots are notorious for not providing adequate arch support. Long hours spent in this style of footwear can leave your feet hurting. When the arch of your foot is not properly supported, it puts stress on the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. This can increase the risk for plantar fasciitis, the most common source of heel pain. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we offer several products that can provided increased support for your arches.

Arch Binder—this elastic sleeve provides gentle compression to the arch of the foot and comfortably lifts and supports the plantar fascia. It slips easily over the foot and relieves pain in both the arch and the heel. The Arch Binder fits the left or right foot. It is washable and can be re-used over and over.

Gel Arch Pads—soft gel supports fallen arches and helps with pronation related foot problems by enabling you to maintain proper foot position. Gel Arch Pads are self-stick for easy application and designed to be used in all styles of footwear. Available in two thickness choices to ensure a comfortable fit. These latex-free pads are also washable.

Arch Steppers—patients with weak, tired arches and those suffering with plantar fasciitis will appreciate the flexible support of Arch Steppers. These lightweight and durable supports take up only minimal space in shoes. An added bonus, they are anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

To see a complete list of all our foot pad products, view our online catalog. You can easily order any of our products online through our website or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Our courteous and knowledgeable staff can answer questions and help you get the right products for your all your foot conditions.

Extra Insole Cushioning Helps Diabetic Patients

 

November is American Diabetes Month. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that patients with diabetes have many special foot health needs. Conditions associated with diabetes—neuropathy, poor circulation and decreased immune system functioning. This can have a detrimental impact on the skin, joints and bones in your feet. We believe all patients with diabetes should be under the care of a Podiatrist to help prevent dangerous wounds and ulcers and promote good podiatric health. One line of products that we offer that can be of particular aid to diabetic patients are our insoles.

Insoles can provide cushioning and padding which eases pressure on feet and joints. Good insoles can provide extra shock absorption and decrease the effects of repeated pounding on the feet which is a result of everyday walking. Some types of insoles limit foot movement which can decrease the risk of friction that causes blisters and skin irritation. Limiting movement of the foot within the shoe can also decrease stress on certain joints and slow the progression of deformities. Some insoles to consider include:

Memory Mold Insoleslightweight and durable, this memory foam forms a custom fit for extreme comfort in any footwear, including most dress styles.

Gel Insoles Velvet Topthese insoles have a smooth, velvet silky top which makes for easy slip-on with socks. They provide comfort when wearing most types of shoes and can be trimmed for a perfect fit.

Gel Silicone Insoles Premier Full Length—made from medical grade Silicone, our Gel Silicone Insoles Premier Full Length provide maximum shock absorption and cushioning. These hard-wearing insoles will not bottom out. They are latex-free and washable. Insoles are transferable between shoes.

Hidden Comfort Insoles for Open Shoes—for women who need the extra cushioning of an insole that’s discreet and ultra-slim, we offer our Hidden Comfort Insoles for Open Shoes. These latex-free insoles will provide hidden comfort when wearing sandals, slides, sling backs or strapped shoes.

You can easily order any of our products through our website (see our complete online catalog) or contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Our courteous and knowledgeable staff look forward to helping you get the right products for your all your foot conditions.

Oh, Those Painful Corns!

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that patients who have a corn are most concerned with getting relief from the pain and discomfort they cause. However, corns are a sign of an underlying condition that must be corrected in order to eliminate the corn by eliminating the source of the problem. Corns often develop on the feet of patients who suffer with a toe deformity such as bunions, hammer toe or claw toe. These disorders force the toe into an unnatural position that usually ends up creating friction between shoes and skin that is pressed up against or rubbing on the shoe. Over time, this causes inflammation and results in the thickened lesion on the skin with a hard center. Another common cause of corns is improperly fitting footwear. Your Podiatrist will be able to determine the reason for the corn and also prescribe the correct treatment. The products below will help bring relief in the meantime.

Self-Adhesive Gel Corn Pads—off-loading pressure from the corn is key to providing pain relief. Our Self-Adhesive Gel Corn Pads have a center aperture which goes over the corn and surrounds it with a soft, gel cushion which protects the sore area and creates a barrier between the skin and your shoe. These pads are washable and re-useable.

Gel Corn Pads—specifically designed for corns that form on toes, the Gel Corn Pads consist of a soft, fabric sleeve that contains gel inside and stretches to fit over the toe. These expandable pads place a cushion between the toe and footwear. The pads are breathable and also release moisturizers onto the hard skin to help soften and relieve discomfort of toe corns. Available in two sizes: Small/Medium for toes 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Large/Extra Large for big toes.

Gel Skin (Gel Moleskin)—this product comes in sheets that you can custom cut to make any size or shape. Soft gel with a durable, stretchy fabric top cover, adheres to skin to cushion and protect. Gel Skin is latex free.

Easy Ordering

To see all our foot pad products, browse our online catalog. You can place your order online or contact us by phone at (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723). Orders of available items received within business hours will be shipped the same day.

Ghoulish Foot Conditions

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that some foot diagnoses can give you a fright. Most times, however, the name of a foot condition sounds or looks scarier than it is. We offer products to relieve all types of foot problems and, for a limited time, you can receive a 13% discount off your order. Simply enter the discount code, hallow13, at checkout before midnight on Nov. 4th. What spooky ailments will you look to alleviate?

Metatarsalgia—characteristic of this foot problem is severe pain in the ball of the foot and stems from the nerves between the metatarsal bones that go from your toes down the middle of your foot. Nerve inflammation is the source of the pain. While your Podiatrist treats this disorder, you may find relief by using our Gel Dancer’s Pad. These self-stick, soft gel pads are designed to protect the sore area and shift weight away from the affected metatarsal.

Achilles Tendonitis—although this may sound like a podiatric problem that a Greek god might experience, it’s actually a common injury that afflicts both professional athletes and weekend warriors. When the long tendon that runs down the back of your leg connecting the calf to the heel is inflamed or overused it can cause extreme pain anywhere along the tendon. Increasing activity level, intensity and duration of workout too quickly can all cause Achilles tendonitis. Our Achilles Heel Sleeve contains a soft gel pad inside soft fabric that protects the tendon area and the back of the heel while gently compressing and reducing pressure around sore areas. The sleeve is designed for use in all styles of footwear and the pads can be washed and re-used many times.

Black Toenails—runners will often have one or more black toenails. The ghastly appearance is actually blood that has pooled under the nail as a result of the constant hitting of the toes up against the front of the shoe when running. This condition can also be painful. Our All Gel Toe Cap slips over the entire hurting toe to relieve pain and provide cushioning. This latex-free product comes in four sizes for maximum comfort.

Have questions about any of our products? View our online catalog or contact us today at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

7 Reasons to Choose Dr. Jill’s Orthotics

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that one of the most common causes of foot pain is lack of arch support. When the arch is not properly supported, the biomechanics of the foot become imbalanced and can result in pain in the heel, arch, and forefoot and even reaching to your knees, hips and lower back. Some conditions that can occur due to abnormal foot motions include:

Orthotics Can Help

Orthopedic devices and arch support are used to treat or adjust abnormal foot motion, provide support and increase stability, control and balance as well as absorb shock and relieve pressure on uncomfortable spots on the foot. Our Orthotics Full Length are very helpful in correcting biomechanical imbalances of the foot and ankle and are more economical than custom molded orthotics. They are useful for patients who are overweight, have a leg length discrepancy or must be on their feet for long periods of time. Below are seven benefits of our orthotics:

  1. Athletes can use orthotics to optimize their performance and enhance foot comfort.
  2. Orthotics can help halt the progression of existing problems, prevent deformities from occurring or increase comfort and promote good foot care.
  3. Our orthotics are designed by a Podiatrist with years of experience treating many kinds of foot problems that have a biomechanical cause.
  4. They are super thin, lightweight and yet sturdy and durable in their construction.
  5. Our full-length orthotic is designed with shock-absorbing foam for maximum protection and comfort.
  6. These orthotics are the closest device you will get to custom orthotics without casting or digital measuring your feet.
  7. Our orthotics have a lifetime guarantee never to break, crack or bottom out.

If you want to learn more about our orthotics or any of our other products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Easing Joint Pain

During the month of October, we celebrate Bone and Joint Action Week and World Arthritis Day. With 33 bones in each of your feet, we at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads know that if you suffer from a condition that causes joint pain, it can be extremely disabling for your lower extremities. Arthritis can also be partly responsible for toe joint deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. We offer several products designed to help alleviate the symptoms and, in some cases, help with the source of joint pain.

Spreader with Bunion Combo—a bunion forms as the big toe joint moves out of place and begins to drift toward the second toe. This misalignment of the toe causes pain and discomfort in your foot. Over time it can also lead to corns and sores on the protrusion caused by the bunion due to friction and pressure from your shoes. The Spreader with Bunion Combo separates and aligns toes, thus cushioning the bunions and helping to encourage proper positioning of the joint. This product is latex-free and can be worn on either the left or right foot.

Gel Bunion Night Splint—how about a way to help correct joint alignment while you sleep? That’s exactly what our Gel Bunion Night Splint accomplishes. This appliance offers and adjustable Velcro mid-foot binder and is lined with gel on the inside. A leather exterior helps keep everything in place. It’s available in two sizes, small (fits most women) and large (fits most men).

Budin Splint – Triple Toe—patients with three hammertoes are very familiar with joint pain. Our Budin Splint – Triple Toe is constructed of sturdy but comfortable foam and elastic materials which gently straightens three hammertoes. By allowing them to lie straight, pain is alleviated on the top and tip of the toes. The well-padded bottom provides superior comfort when standing. This product is washable and can be re-used over and over. We also offer Budin Splints for one or two toes.

To see all the products we offer to make your feet feel better, view our online catalog. If you have questions about any of our products, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Troublesome Toes

They may be little, but at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that toes can cause big problems if they’re hurting. Toes are also subject to several different types of disorders and injuries. Below are some common toe troubles and products we offer to help relieve pain and increase comfort while they get resolved.

Turf Toe

It’s football and soccer season and that means more athlete’s suffering with Turf Toe. Essentially this is a sprain of the big toe. It can happen from repeatedly pushing off or from coming to a sudden stop and “jamming” your toe. Artificial turf is less giving than natural grass and this injury is more likely to occur when playing on this type of surface, hence the name. If you have been diagnosed with this condition or have had it before, we offer our Carbon Stabilizer Plates. These stabilizer plates come in men and women’s shoe sizes and fit inside your shoe to stiffen the sole and limit the range of motion of the forefoot and midfoot. They immobilize the toe joint and prevent it from bending during sports. They are extremely thin, making them comfortable in any sport or walking shoe.

Our Turf Toe/Bunion Strap is another great product that helps athletes and anyone else experiencing Turf Toe pain. Made of moleskin this strap is latex free and will help alleviate big toe pain during your sport season.

Crooked Toes

Sometimes toes get into trouble not from an injury but from a deformity. Hammertoe and other conditions can cause toes to bend into crooked or abnormal positions and move out of place. We offer products to help align toes properly and reduce friction with shoes that can create corns. Some of these include:

Toe Separators – Foam—soft foam cushions sore spots between toes and provide relief from rubbing and irritation. These are helpful for hammertoes and overlapping toes. Each package comes with two styles for maximum comfort.

Gel Spreader with Loop—perfect for soothing sore spots from bunions, hammertoes or overlapping toes, this gel spreader is soft and comfortable. The stretchy gel loop helps to hold the pad in place. This product is designed to separate, straighten and align the big toe and second toe while reducing friction.

If you want to view all of our products, see our online catalog. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).