Is Running a Pain in Your Foot?

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know running has become an even more popular fitness activity than it was pre-COVID 19. It’s easy to see why:

  • You can enjoy the sport while maintaining safe social distance
  • Running goes wherever you go
  • It can be done outdoors or indoors on a treadmill
  • There’s not a lot of expensive equipment required
  • You don’t need a gym membership or to go to another location where you may feel uncomfortable

Along with this resurgence, however, has come an increase in podiatric problems related to running. Below are some of the more common issues and what to do about them.

Achilles Tendonitis—inflammation of the Achilles tendon is frequently seen in new runners who may have attacked the activity a little too vigorously. Going too far, too fast, too soon is a surefire way to aggravate this long tendon that runs along the back of your lower leg. Achilles tendonitis can also be caused by overuse. It’s important to gradually build up in speed and duration in your runs and to have break days to give muscles a chance to recover. Try our Achilles Heel Sleeve. The soft gel padding gently compresses and reduces pressure around sore spots while providing protection at the same time to this vulnerable area.

Runner’s Toe—runners are known to have some pretty ugly toenails. Oftentimes they actually look black. This can be the result of shoes that don’t fit properly. If the shoe is too tight, repeated trauma of the toe hitting up against the front of the shoe can cause the discoloration which is actually bruising or bleeding under the nail. Our All Gel Toe Cap can bring relief. It slips over the entire toe, cushioning and easing discomfort to the tip of the toe.

Heel Pain-continuous pounding leaves some runners with sore heels. Sometimes this is simply a matter of choosing shoes with additional heel padding or using a product like our Gel Heel Cup to add another layer between your heel and the pavement to decrease impact.

If your feet continue to hurt, it’s best to see a Podiatrist to track down the source of the pain. In the meantime, you can order any of our products easily online. If you need assistance, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

The Trouble with Flip Flops

If you’re like many people, flip flops are your summer shoe of choice. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we understand the appeal of this style of footwear: easy to slip on and off, cool and breezy to the feet. However, flip flops, if worn full time, can cause a good deal of harm to your feet. Traditional flip flops have essentially zero arch support. This means over time that they encourage your feet to become flatter. Flat feet results in arch and heel pain. When your arch is not properly supported, you can also cause an inflammation of the plantar fascia—the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. This also leads to heel pain and when severe, can make walking extremely painful.

Due to the total lack of structure, flip flops also provide no protection to your feet. Ankle twisting injuries, cuts and scrapes and even trip and fall accidents are all more likely when wearing flip flops.

Healthy Solutions

If you find that you are experiencing any of the painful symptoms of the conditions described above, it’s time to take a break from flip flops. Switch to summer styles that have proper arch support and provide heel and insole cushioning. Today, there are companies making better flip flops—with the same ease of wear but with better construction and features that enhance foot health.

As your feet transition to styles that are better for them, you may find the following products will help reduce discomfort. For added arch support, try our Full-Length Orthotics. Exceptional shock absorption and ultra-thin, lightweight construction make them perfect to wear with nearly all summer styles. Gel Arch Pads can also help and they are self-stick, easy to use and washable for multiple uses. They are available in two thicknesses for custom comfort. You may also like our Adjustable Heel Pads—three layers that can be peeled down for the best height for you.

If you have foot or ankle discomfort, chances are we have a product that can help. Shop our online catalog to see our entire line of products. All of our items are easily ordered online. For more information, contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Dealing with Summer Foot Challenges

Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads was founded by a professional Podiatrist, Dr. Jill Scheur. As a foot doctor, Dr. Scheur knows that each season brings its own unique issues when it comes to podiatric care and disorders. Summertime means changes in footwear and activities that can lead to some annoying foot problems if patients fail to take the proper precautions.

Hurting Heels—it’s only natural, summer seems to invite people to walk barefoot or to wear the ever-popular, easy to slip on flip flops. Both of these choices, however, can result in flattening arches which in turn leads to heel pain due to the stress imposed on the plantar fascia (a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot). If flip flops are your summer shoe of choice, invest in a pair that has built in arch support. For other styles of summer shoes, consider adding one of our arch pads: Gel Arch Pads, Skived Felt or Poron Blue. Our Gel Heel Cup can provide soothing relief and additional protection for sore heels.

Corns, Calluses and Blisters—Oh My! Strappy sandals that rub in new places, thong styles with a piece between your toes and other summer shoe styles plus increased friction from perspiration equals irritation to the skin on your toes and feet. Bunions and hammertoes may be subject to new sources of pressure as well, leading to secondary issues with corns and calluses. Look to protect the skin on your feet with some of the many products we offer for this purpose, including: Foam Callus Pads, Gel U-Shaped Pads and Gel Callus Cushions. Corns can be relieved with pads made of Gel, Foam or Felt. Stop blisters from forming with our Moleskin Sheets, which can be cut to fit any sore spot where shoes rub on skin.

Whatever summer brings for your feet, we can help keep you comfortable and enjoying all the best the season has to offer. To view all our products, see our online catalog. All our items can be easily ordered online or contact us by calling (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723) if you need assistance.

Focus on Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month and at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we want to encourage men and the women who love them to take a look at ways to help men live longer and healthier lives. Currently, men die at higher rates than women for 9 out of the top 10 causes of death in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on average, women live 5 years longer than men. One of the primary reasons for this is that men neglect preventive health care and put off seeking evaluation and treatment of pain. When it comes to feet, this can lead to a number of serious consequences, including:

  • Missed diagnosis of dangerous diseases such as diabetes and skin cancer.
  • Treating minor foot problems before they become seriously debilitating.
  • Keeping chronic conditions in check.
  • Allowing foot pain to keep someone from being active and thereby contributing to weight gain, loss of physical fitness and increased risk for disease.

Make a Change for the Better

It is possible to reverse this course, however, and help all men be healthier. Like any life changes, it’s best to start small. Try one or more of the following suggestions or help a man you love to start taking better care of his podiatric health by:

  • Not putting off seeking treatment for foot pain. Heel pain, for example, can be the result of fallen arches or a natural loss of fat in the heel pad. Your Podiatrist will be able to track down the source of the discomfort and prescribe the proper treatment. Many products are also available that can help such as the Gel Heel Pads or Arch Steppers.
  • Get in the habit of examining your feet regularly. From fungal infections to diabetes, changes in your feet can signal a developing problem. Catching podiatric problems in their early stages means easier and less invasive treatments. Look for changes in color, shape, swelling, bruises, cuts that are slow to heal, growths and anything that seems unusual or different and report anything suspicious to your Podiatrist promptly.
  • Make healthy lifestyle changes. Don’t smoke, eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly to improve overall health. Take advantage of products that help make exercise more comfortable such as Full Length Orthotics and Gel Malleolar Sleeve for increased ankle support.

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we’re here to support good foot health for all men and women. To see a complete selection of products, view our online catalog. If you need assistance with our easy online ordering, don’t hesitate to contact us at: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Foot Help for Healthcare Workers

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we salute the many doctors, nurses and first responders who have been working long hours on the front lines during the COVID 19 pandemic. Being on your feet for extended periods of time without a break can cause foot pain and exacerbate several common disorders such as bunions, flat feet, corns, calluses, blisters and plantar fasciitis. Constantly being on the move can lead to sweaty feet which increases your risk for fungal infections. Below are some ways that healthcare workers and others whose jobs require them to stand or walk for significant periods can find relief and decrease the potential for foot and ankle discomfort.

  • Wear good shoes. The right shoes are a healthcare worker’s good friend. Shoes that fit properly and have sturdy arch support are key. A cushioned insole and padded heel cup will increase comfort. No slip soles are also essential for preventing slips and falls. You can make your shoes more comfortable by adding Gel Heel Cups or Memory Foam Insoles.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit handy. Pack a pair or two of extra socks and change when you notice your feet feel damp. This will limit the amount of time your feet spend in a moist environment and hopefully help you head off a case of athlete’s foot. Foot powder will also be helpful. It’s also a good idea to have some Gel Moleskin to apply to sore spots and prevent painful blisters from forming.
  • Take breaks. Even on busy days if you can find a few minutes to sit down and take the weight of your feet, you’ll fare better in the long run. Put feet up if possible.
  • Rotate tasks. If your workplace and the work you have to complete allows it, try to alternate tasks with co-workers. Not only will this help keep you mentally fresh, changing your physical position and movements will help prevent fatigue and repetitive pressure in one part of the body.

Thank your healthcare workers for all that they have bravely offered to your patients during this trying time.

For all workers with tired and achy feet, check out our complete selection of helpful foot products on our online catalog. All items are easily ordered online. Contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723) if you need assistance.

Protect Your Feet During Home Workouts

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that across the country people are self-isolating in their homes due to the Coronavirus. Many people, however, are determined to continue with some form of regular exercise and this is a good idea. The benefits of exercise to your feet and the rest of your body are multiple:

  • Improving circulation
  • Maintaining flexibility and range of motion
  • Lower your risk of heart disease and hypertension
  • Reducing stress
  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Lowering cholesterol and blood sugar

Not Your Usual Exercise Routine

Without being able to visit the gym, play a team sport or even go to the store to buy new exercise equipment, staying fit requires some creativity. Fortunately, there are ways to continue to work out indoors. Consider some of these possibilities:

  • Just dance! Energetic dancing burns lots of calories and it releases feel-good endorphins as well. Dig out your old Dance Party game DVDs or just put on a favorite CD or station and get moving. This is a good activity to do with children as well. Mix it up with some freeze dancing and different family members taking turns at being DJ.
  • Use your media. There are an endless number of apps, YouTube videos and even TV exercise shows through which you can find a wide variety of different exercise programs. Whether you want to strength train, burn calories and lose weight or work on specific muscle groups, it’s all there. You may actually discover a new routine or two that you’ll want to continue even after isolation is over.
  • Set up an indoor exercise circuit. Use several rooms if necessary but set up stations for crunches, push-ups, etc. Use the hallway for lunges and the stairs for stepping. Need weights? Try soup cans or various size water bottles or milk jugs.

Keep Feet Safe

Indoors or out, follow appropriate precautions for your feet:

Remember with any new fitness activity, if your feet hurt, stop and contact your Podiatrist for directions. We offer products for all type of foot problems. To see our complete selection, view our online catalog. All products can be easily ordered online or contact us at (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Spring Fever Can Lead to Achilles Injuries

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that when Spring arrives many people find new motivation to get outside and exercise. This is particularly true if you live in a part of the country where cold weather and icy, slippery conditions have kept you confined to home for the winter months. While increasing physical activity is a good thing, it can be harmful to your lower extremities if you don’t undertake a new exercise regimen properly. One area that Podiatrists frequently treat for injuries in relation to sports and fitness activities is the Achilles tendon.

Your Achilles tendon is a long, strong band of tissue that runs along the back of your lower leg, connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. It is also known as the heel cord. It helps raise your heel off the ground. A sudden increase in physical activity, however, can result in inflammation and injury to the Achilles tendon. Too much stress applied too quickly to the tendon results in micro tears and pain. In addition, patients with excessive pronation or flat feet are at a higher risk for Achilles issues.

Tips to Alleviating Achilles Pain

We offer several products that can help with Achilles problems. Our Achilles Heel Sleeve is designed to relieve sore, fatigued or injured Achilles tendons. Soft gel pads protect the Achilles tendon area at the back of the heel from friction while simultaneously compressing and reducing pressure around sore areas. Our Adjustable Heel Lifts can also help. These consist of three layers of resilient rubber that are tapered for comfort. One or two layers can be peeled off to adjust to perfect heel height. If flat feet are the source of your Achilles discomfort you may want to try our Arch Steppers. Other ways to decrease the likelihood of Achilles problems include:

  • Starting up a new workout routine slowly and gradually increasing intensity and duration
  • Working out consistently–“weekend warriors” who are inactive Monday to Friday tend to have a higher risk for Achilles injuries
  • Always warm up properly before exercise and be sure to stretch your calf muscles

We have many products that can help you exercise safely and effectively. You can see all of our products on our online catalog. All items are easily ordered online, and we offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Extra Weight Puts Extra Strain on Your Feet

March is National Nutrition Month and at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we see this as an excellent opportunity to focus on the relationship between your weight and the health of your feet. Carrying excess pounds puts a strain on your feet. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for developing several types of foot disorders, and also increases the severity of existing podiatric problems. Two areas of the foot that are particularly impacted are the arch of the foot and the heel. If you picture your foot, it’s easy to see how being overweight can apply pressure to the arch. Patients who are overweight or pregnant have a greater chance of developing flat feet. If you suffer with flat feet, we offer several products that may help while you work on correcting the underlying cause. Our Full-Length Orthotics, Arch Steppers and Gel Arch Pads may all decrease pain and discomfort. Flattening of the arch of the foot can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia which in turn can lead to heel pain. Your Podiatrist will develop a treatment plan for dealing with your heel pain. You may also find relief by using our Gel Heel Pads, Gel Heel Cup or our Gel Heel Sleeve.

Weight Loss Tips

Of course, taking off extra pounds will help with both arch and heel issues. Below are some steps to take to start changing your eating habits. Aim for small changes that you can make permanently.

  • Drink more water. Believe it or not, many people mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking more water will help you feel full. Try having an 8-ounce glass before each meal.
  • Re-think your plate. Start by filling half your plate with vegetables and/or salad. Then use one of the remaining quarters for lean protein and the last quarter for starches/carbohydrates.
  • Take home a doggy bag. Most restaurants serve oversized portions. Ask for a takeout container when your meal is served and put ½ of it away immediately to take home.
  • Plan ahead. Focus in on healthy snack and meal choices and shop accordingly. Having healthy foods on hand and planning meals will stop the “grazing” and reduce the calories you consume.

Regardless of the cause of your foot pain, we have products that can help. You can see all of our products on our online catalog. All items are easily ordered online, and we offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Weather-Proof Your Exercise Plan with Mall Walking

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that nothing can entice you to skip your fitness walk faster than a snowy, cold or rainy day. Fortunately, mall walking provides the perfect, “no excuses” venue to meet your step goals. In fact, studies show that shopping malls are the second most popular place for walking after neighborhoods. Malls offer several additional advantages besides controlled climate:

  • Generally accessible
  • Level surfaces free of rocks, acorns or other objects that cause you to trip
  • Benches for resting
  • Restrooms always close by

Gearing Up

Of course, one thing that is the same whether you walk in a mall or somewhere else is the need for good walking shoes and proper attention to foot ailments. Patients with chronically weak ankles may want to choose “high top” style sneakers for additional support. Our Gel Malleolar Sleeve can also help. It cushions and protects the ankle, protecting it from impact and injury. Patients who suffer with flat feet need to be sure that their walking shoes offer good arch support or they may experience arch and/or heel pain. Gel Arch Pads and our Arch Steppers can increase comfort and help decrease the risk of conditions such as plantar fasciitis. If heel pain is already an issue, consider the Gel Heel Cup or an Adjustable Heel Lift to get relief.

Benefits of Walking

Walking can improve your health in many ways, including:

  • Reduces your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Decreases stress
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Keeps joints flexible
  • Improves circulation

If you have a foot or ankle condition that causes you discomfort when you walk, view all of our products through our online catalog to find out what we offer to make this form of exercise more comfortable for you. All items are easily ordered online and or you can contact us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).

Foot Problems Plague Football Players

Well, Super Bowl 54 is in the books and at Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we want to take this opportunity to talk about some of the injuries commonly associated with the game. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an NFL pro, there are certain foot and ankle problems that are seen more frequently due to the movements required for the sport.

Achilles tendonitis—this is an inflammation of the long tendon that runs along the back of your lower leg connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. A sudden burst of physical activity as well as repetitive motions that puts stress on the tendon such as sprints and hill climbing can all cause inflammation or rupture. Exercises that stretch and strengthen the calf can help. To get relief from Achilles tendonitis we recommend our Achilles Heel Sleeve or heel lifts. We offer several types of lifts including Adjustable Heel Lifts, and those made of cork and felt.

Plantar Fasciitis—running up and down the field puts a strain on the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that traces the bottom of the foot, which in turn can cause severe heel pain. Wearing shoes with good arch support off the field and keeping the plantar fascia well stretched can decrease symptoms. Our Arch Binder and Plantar Fasciitis Arch Sleeve apply gentle but firm support, while our Gel Heel Cup will protect your heel and lessen pain.

Turf Toe—another common injury to football players is Turf Toe. It is actually a sprain of the big toe and is the result of excessive pushing upward of the big toe joint that happens when running, pushing off and jumping, particularly if you play on an artificial turf field. Football players suffer the largest number of turf toe injuries. Our Carbon Stabilizer Plates are helpful in preventing or limiting turf toe injuries because they stiffen the sole of the shoe and limit the range of motion of the forefoot.

No matter what your sport, we have products that will help increase comfort and decrease risk of injury. To see all of our products, view our online catalog. All of our products can be easily ordered through our website or contact  us by calling: (866) FOOT-PAD (366-8723).