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Dr. Jeff's Foot & Ankle Blog

Direct loading forefoot pads - which one is the best for my needs?

Forefoot Pads - The first of 3 categories of forefoot pads is direct load forefoot pads. Direct loading means that the primary intent of the pad is that it is used directly under the area to be treated. This differs from an off-loading pad that would be used adjacent to the area to be treated.

Forefoot pads - which one is best for my needs?

At our weekly meeting last week, Sue, aka Susanita, came up with a good idea for a discussion topic. Sue was interested in knowing more about which forefoot pad was best for each particular foot condition. Sue's question is actually a very good question in that we've never really had a good method to differentiate the use for each pad. We've never really tried to segment the forefoot pads in a meaningful way.

What's the difference between plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis?

We all got together this morning at Myfootshop.com for coffee and discussion regarding products and conditions. Since plantar fasciitis is such a common problem, we've been spending a few weeks on the topic. Part of the discussion this morning focused on the differences between acute and chronic plantar fasciitis, also known as plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis.

Plantar fasciitis - what's the purpose of a horseshoe pad?

The use of a cut-out heel pad or horseshoe pad dates back to the days when we believed that the primary contributing factor to heel pain was a spur on the bottom of the heel. Popular belief was that standing on the spur resulted in pain. Cut-out pads were used to pocket the bottom of the heel.

Plantar fasciitis - do I really need an orthotic to treat it?

When is a prescription orthotic a part of the treatment of plantar fasciitis? This article looks at the pros and cons of prescription vs non-prescription orthotics in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.