Gel heel pads - what works for what?
What are the indications for each of the gel heel pads we sell?
We carry a number of different gel heel pads on Myfootshop.com. Let's take a look at each of the gel heel pads that we carry and review the indications for each.
The Plantar Fasciitis Reliever, in my opinion, is one of the most unique ways of treating plantar fasciitis that is really quite underutilized. Many cases of plantar fasciitis transition to a condition that lack acute inflammation. Most doctors will call this plantar fasciosis. Plantar fasciosis is just as painful as plantar fasciitis, but simply lacks the cellular and chemical components for healing. The Bars that come with the Plantar Fasciitis Reliever vary in firmness. Using a firm bar will massage the plantar fascia and tend to re-stimulate the healing properties of plantar fasciitis.
PQ Gel Heel Cups are my go-to for patients with fat pad atrophy of the heel. The gel in the PQ heel pads is unique in that it's soft yet supportive. PQ Gel Heel Cups are a very unique and special product, particularly for older customers who have lost padding. Also great for customers with bruised heels.
Gel Heel Spur Pads are a wee bit firmer than most of our other gel heel pads. The gel in the Gel Heel Spur Pad will act as a heel lift of sorts. Lifting the heel (different than a cushion) will help to weaken the calf, decreasing symptoms of plantar fasciitis. And some customers feel much better with the cut-out in the Gel Heel Spur Pad.
Reusable Gel Heel Cushions are a great everyday heel pad that I recommend most often for dress shoes. Reusable Gel Heel Pads are thin enough to fit into all shoes. Easily trimmed with scissors. We do have customers who have told us that Reusable Gel Heel Pads have helped with plantar fasciitis.
Thalia Oster, JD
Founder and COE (Chief of Everything)