Hammertoe Helpers

A hammertoe is a deformity of one or more joints in the second, third, fourth or fifth toe that forces it to bend abnormally into a position that resembles a hammer. A hammertoe is most often caused by a muscle/tendon imbalance caused by structural or neurological changes in the foot. They may start out gradually but get worse over time. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know how painful and uncomfortable this condition can be. We offer several products to help straighten a hammertoe and also to relieve pain caused by friction and pressure on the hammertoe caused by footwear.

Budin Splints—these sturdy yet comfortable foam and elastic splints gently straighten a hammertoe. When the toe is able to lie straight the pain is alleviated in the top and tip of the toe. The toe is thereby prevented from becoming worse and can bear weight normally. Our Budin Splints are available for one, two or three toes. They feature well-padded bottoms which will cushion the ball of the foot and give you extra comfort while standing. The cushions are washable and can be re-used multiple times.

Triple Toe Gel Crest Pad—an alternative to the Budin Splints is this gel pad. It has three loops to hold three toes together and can be used either under the toes or on top of them to straighten toes and hold them in position. The soft, stretchy gel in the Triple Toe Gel Crest Pad is latex free and creates a barrier between the shoes and toes for added comfort and protection.

Wrap Straps—this simple, yet effective product allows for re-positioning of hammertoes (as well as overlapping or crooked toes). Just wrap the strap around the toes that need re-aligning and secure the Velcro at the appropriate tightness. The straps can be custom cut to the length that is optimal for your toes. The soft foam cushioning will relieve irritation and rubbing from shoes on the tops of the toes. Wrap Straps can be worn with nearly all socks and shoe types.

Hammertoe Cushion/Adjustable Gel Crest Pads – which is one of our most popular items, helps support toes which are bent due to hammertoes. These pads are washable, re-usable and available for both left and right toes. These pads can be used in all styles of footwear.

Gel Spreader with Loop – a comfortable gel toe spreader designed to spread, straighten, align and reduce friction between big toe and 2nd toe. It has a soft flexible hourglass- shaped gel toe spreader with a toe loop to help keep it in place.  The gel spreader is applied on the bottom of the toe to help elevate toe to straighten toe/hammertoe and relieve pressure.

1 Toe Gel Crest Padthese pads have multiple uses from preventing overlapping toes to elevating the tips of the toes to relieve pressure at distal tip. These comfortable Premier Gels have a soft stretchy gel loop that is reusable, washable and can be put over tops of toes to hold them down.

Lamb’s Wool – This new product provides natural, breathable air flow to reach affected areas along with additional cushioning that will help reduce pain between the toes.

In addition to hammertoes, we offer products to help alleviate the symptoms of many other chronic foot and ankle conditions. To see all products, view our online catalog or visit our Deerfield Beach store. You can also contact us for more information by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Protecting Feet from Friction and Pressure

November is American Diabetes Month. This disease affects over 30 million Americans with another 1.5 million being diagnosed each year. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that diabetic patients have special requirements for foot health. Poor circulation, often associated with diabetes, makes it difficult for oxygen-rich blood to get to wounds, particularly in your feet, which slows the healing process. Wounds that are difficult to heal are at risk for infection and, in the worst-case scenario, can lead to amputation. For this reason, it’s essential that patients with diabetes avoid sores and blisters. One way to do this is by reducing any possibilities of friction or pressure on the foot. If you have a bunion, hammertoe or other deformity, great care must be taken to ensure that corns are not rubbed raw or excessive pressure is not put on calluses.

Below are some products that can help protect your feet if you are a patient with diabetes:

Metatarsal and Bunion Protector Sleeve —offering two benefits in one pad, the Metatarsal and Bunion Protector Sleeve provides cushioned protection for bunions and also reduces pressure on the ball of the foot. The gel is contained within a soft elasticated forefoot sleeve which keeps the pad comfortably in place. It is available in sizes small and large and will fit either your left or right foot. Sleeves are washable and re-usable. Our Gel Bunion Sleeve also offers superior cushioning and relief from any footwear pressure and is available in two sizes: S/M and L/XL.

Metatarsal Pads—pure silicone gel provides an excellent cushion which increases comfort and protects skin from breaking down. Plantar fat pad atrophy is natural as you age but this can leave the ball of your foot vulnerable to friction and excessive pressure. Other conditions such as metatarsalgia can be relieved with our Gel Metatarsal Pads, our Gel Ball of Foot Cushions or our Metatarsal Pads which are offered in either felt or foam and 1/4 or 1/8 inch thickness.

Felt and Foam Corn Pads—corns form in response to footwear rubbing on the skin. Corns can become irritated and even turn into sores if not protected. Both our Felt Corn Pads and Foam Corn Pads cushion and protect corns. A center hole placed over the corn creates a barrier between foot gear pressure and the corn. An adhesive backing keeps the pad in place.

To see all the products we offer, visit our online catalog or our Deerfield Beach, FL store or contact us for additional production information by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

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.

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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