Help for New Runners

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that many people will be making a New Year’s resolution to get in shape in 2020 and running is a popular fitness choice. As with any new exercise plan, however, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Too often in the enthusiasm of getting off to a good start, people overdo it. For runners, this can result in muscle strain and injury. Below are some products that can help with two common issues new runners experience.

Achilles Tendonitis

You Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. A sudden upsurge in activity that uses this tendon—such as running—can result in micro tears in the tendon which cause inflammation and pain. This is called Achilles Tendonitis. Running regimens that have you working out too often at a high level of intensity means that your body will not have the opportunity to repair the damage and continual pain and even serious injury can occur. The solution is to choose a program that starts out slow and gradually increases in both intensity and duration. Make sure you stretch your calf muscles once you are warmed up. Our Achilles Heel Sleeve can help protect the Achilles tendon and the back of the heel. A soft gel pad inside fabric reduces friction and gently compresses the area, reducing pressure on sore spots. This sleeve is designed for use in all styles of footwear. It is latex-free and washable, so you can use it over and over again.

Runner’s Toe

The repetitive pounding of the toes up against the tips of your running shoes can result in a black toenail, known as runner’s toe. This is caused by bleeding under the toenail. If this occurs, you should check that your running shoes fit properly and that your toenails are trimmed short. Over time it should resolve. In the meantime, we recommend our All Gel Toe Cap and our Gel and Fabric Toe Cap, both of which slip over the end of the toe to provide cushioning and protection for hurting toes.

If you experience foot pain after starting a running program, see your Podiatrist. We have many products to help increase comfort while exercising. 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).

Holiday Wish List for Your Feet

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that if you’re like most people you’ve made your holiday gift list and checked it twice—but did you perhaps forget your feet? How would you have made it through the shopping, the cooking, the wrapping and all the family get-togethers without them? It’s not too late! Consider a present for your feet that will reward them for all they do with increased comfort and decreased pain from common podiatric disorders.

Gel Dancer’s Pad—designed to shift weight bearing away from any metatarsal head, the Gel Dancer’s Pad relieves ball of foot pain and pressure. Its unique design features a cut out that surrounds the area under the affected metatarsal head and redistributes the weight onto the pad and thereby relieves stress and pain. Made for use in all styles of footwear, the self-stick cushions are easy to apply and washable. Excellent for calluses, hallux limitus, metatarsalgia and fat pad atrophy.

Gel Toe Tube—toe troubles can take many forms. Our Gel Toe Tube provides long-lasting comfort and relief for conditions ranging from blisters to corns, bunions to ingrown toenails. Available in five different sizes to ensure a comfortable fit, each tube of pure silicone gel can be cut to any length and worn in any type of footwear.

Budin Splint – Single Toe—if you have a hammertoe you know how uncomfortable all forms of footwear can be. Our Budin Splint – Single Toe gently straightens your hammertoe, allowing it lie straight. This relieves pain on the top and tip of the toe and also unsightly bulges in your shoes. This product enables your toes to bear weight normally and thus slows the progression of the condition. Sturdy, yet comfortable, the Budin Splint is washable and can be used over and over.

Whatever your feet suffer with, we have something that will make a great gift for them. 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).

Treat Foot Pain—Reduce Fall Risk

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that one of the primary risk factors for falls is foot pain. If your feet hurt, it’s normal to alter the way you walk to avoid the pain. This can throw you off balance and increase the risk for a fall. For many of our customers, wintry weather throws an extra curveball with slippery conditions due to ice and snow. We urge all patients to get foot pain treated by a Podiatrist promptly. We offer many products aimed at reducing foot pain and increasing comfort while you heal. Below are some of our most popular.

Gel Ball of Foot Pads—if you suffer with metatarsalgia, a neuroma, fat pad atrophy or dropped metatarsal head pain you know that every step can be excruciating. Stabbing pain in the ball of your foot or the sensation of walking with a rock in your shoe are definitely feelings you’ll want to avoid. Enter our Gel Ball of Foot Pads. Your Podiatrist can advise you on the best position of these soft gel pads to reduce pressure to sore areas and make standing more comfortable. Self-stick makes for easy application. These pads are designed for use in all styles of footwear and they are washable for use over and over.

Gel Bunion Sleeve—is a bunion slowing you down? Our Gel Bunion Sleeve offers immediate relief from footwear pressure. The soft tan fabric slips comfortable over your big toe and the gel pad inside conforms to your foot without creating bulk in your shoe. Universal design fits either foot. For Tailor’s bunions on the little toe, try our Gel Tailor’s Bunion Pad.

Gel and Fabric Toe Cap—if toe troubles are what pain you, our Gel Fabric Toe Cap can help. It slips over the entire toe (any excess length can be cut to make a gel toe cushion for a smaller toe) and relieves pain and soreness caused by ingrown toenails, hammertoes or corns. An added benefit, the toe cap released moisturizers onto hard skin to help soften while insulating toes from shock and pressure.

No matter what’s hurting your feet, chances are we have a product that can help. To see a complete listing, 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).

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!

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).

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).

 

Dealing with Ingrown Toenails

At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads, we know that few toe conditions are more painful than an ingrown toenail. As the nail grows down and into the skin surrounding the nail bed, the toe becomes red, swollen, warm and incredibly tender and painful. Once the nail actually breaks the skin, there is the possibility for infection too. Ingrown toenails can have several causes including:

  • Improper trimming—cutting toenails too short and rounding the edges encourages nails to become ingrown
  • Tight shoes and socks—footwear that is too small for your feet squeezes toes together and makes ingrown nails more likely
  • Heredity—the tendency for ingrown nails can be genetic
  • Trauma—a past injury or activities like running where toes experience repeated pounding or pressure are a risk factor
  • Other nail conditions—fungal infections or losing a toenail from an accident can foster ingrown nails

Your Podiatrist will prescribe the correct treatment for your ingrown toenail depending on the severity and whether or not this is a chronic condition. In the meantime, we have a few products that can protect your hurting toe and enable you to continue your busy life.

Gel and Fabric Toe Cap

Soft, cushioning gel encased in a comfortable fabric slips over the entire toe to relieve pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails. The Gel and Fabric Toe Cap insulates toes against shock and pressure. The padded tip not only provides superior comfort and protection, it also slowly releases mineral oil to soften and moisturize the skin of the toes. Excess length can be cut and used to make a gel cushion for smaller toes. These toe caps can be washed and re-used over and over again.

All Gel Toe Cap 

All Gel Toe Caps are soft and flexible enough to provide superior cushioning and comfort without feeling tight. These caps slip over the toe and have an extra padded tip the reduces pain and protects the toe from impact and pressure. Designed for use with all styles of footwear, these toe caps come in multiple sizes to fit every toe. Washable and re-useable.

Toe Caps- Ribbed Gel

Toe Caps – Ribbed Gel fit comfortably over any toe and come in multiple sizes.  Fully lined with gel, the soft cushioning toe cap slips over the entire toe to help alleviate toe pain.   These caps can be worn with any shoe and are washable and re-usable.

An added benefit for these products is that they can also be used to relieve discomfort from hammertoe, corns and partial digit amputation. Convenient online ordering available. If you have any questions about any of our products, contact us 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.

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).