Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads understands there are multiple reasons why athletes may suffer with heel pain. The most common is plantar fasciitis. With this disorder, the ligament the runs from the person’s toes to their heel in the bottom of their foot becomes irritated or inflamed (most often from faulty bone structure in the arch of the foot). When the plantar fascia is inflamed, extra pressure and pain in the heel is the result.
There are other causes of heel pain as well. Arthritis, tendonitis, nerve disorders and stress fractures are other possible causes of discomfort in the heel.
An podiatrist or sports medicine professional will conduct a physical examination of the athlete’s foot and may also order x-rays or other imaging studies to determine the source of pain. The treatment for the athlete’s heel pain will depend on its root cause.
Products that Can Help
Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads offer products that will help protect athlete’s heel and ease their pain.
Heel Grips—made of 1/8-inch sponge rubber, our Heel Grips hug the heel to prevent it from slipping around inside the shoe. It also provides cushioning for tender, sensitive heels. Heel Grips have a peel n’ stick adhesive backing that makes them easy to fit in an athlete’s shoes.
Gel Heel Cup—your athlete’s hurting heel will feel like it’s floating on a cloud of soft gel with Dr. Jill’s Gel Heel Cup. This product provides superior relief for tender heels with every step for long-lasting comfort even when you need to be on your feet for a long period of time. The Gel Heel Cup is available in three sizes to fit every foot. It is a washable and re-usable pad that can be worn over and over again.
Gel Heel Pads—cushioned gel pads are designed for use in all styles of footwear. These Gel Heel Pads have a velvet soft top cover which offers additional comfort. They are latex-free and washable for repeated use.
Large Foam or Felt Heel Pads—These heel pads are made of felt and fits most men and women’s shoes. These pads are latex free and help alleviate heel pain.
Small Foam or Felt Heel Pads – the company’s most popular pads, they will fit most men and women’s small size shoes. Latex free as well and these pads really cushions the heel to minimize pain.
Cork Heel Lifts –This heel lift comes in two different types of thickness and comes in a variety of sizes to fit most shoes. Latex free and a breathable cork material which helps cushion the heel to reduce pain.
PPT Heel Lift Cushions – made of a comfortable cushion that comes in 3 convenient size. These heel lift cushions help to slightly raise the athlete’s heel, which helps take the additional pressure off.
Visit the Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads’ website for more information.