Felt Arch Pad / Cookie

Felt arch pad, also called an arch cookie are medical foot pads designed to control the longitudinal arch of patients who need the extra support. Many patients, either athletes or workers who stand on their feet for long periods of time need extra support in the mid arch area. This is do to many reasons, such as Plantar Fasciitis, Fallen Arches, Tendonitis, Over Pronation and Heel Spurs. An arch pad or arch cookie can help this patients.

Designed and produced many years ago, the simple and inexpensive adhesive backed felt arch pad has held up as the primary foot control pad for collapsed longitudinal arch patients. These used to be called arch cookies, but now they are known as longitudinal arch pads. Arch pads can be fabricated from many types of materials. The most common three are: felt, foam and silicone gel. All have their advantages in different situations. But the most common material used and has held up in the test of time is an arch pad produced from medical grade felt. Felt is made from compressed cotton material. This material allows sweat to wick away from the skin unlike foam or gel arch cookie pads. Felt will also mold to the contours of the patient.

Felt arch pads have an adhesive backing produced onto it. This allows the pronation arch cookie pad to be placed either in the shoe or directly onto the patient’s skin. If one was to place them in a shoe, the best way to determine the proper placement is to put the arch pad in the shoe with the backing still in place. Where the foot pad feels the most comfortable, mark it with a pen. Then remove the backing and press the adhesive side down onto the shoe.

Felt arch pad / cookie is the first foot pad to try before spending large amounts of money on custom orthotics.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Gel Arch Sleeve

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Plantar Fascia Gel Arch Sleeve supports plantar fascia, arch and tendons with a medical grade gel built into an elastic sleeve

Teri Green‘s insight:

Our Gel Arch Sleeve allows the patient to have a medical grade gel arch pad that is built into an elastic sleeve. Atlas Biomechanics is very proud to start production. 

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Gel Toe Sleeves:, How does it help my feet and How do I know my size?

Gel Toe Sleeves are medical grade silicone gel toe separators that help protect digits against friction and pressure from other digits and shoe gear. Many patients wear gel toe separators to reduce discomfort from blisters, corns, hammertoes and high heel shoes. The gel toe separators produced by Atlas Biomechanics are double thick ad stretchier when compared to others.

Physicians and patients are sometimes confused on the proper size. There are 4 sizes of gel tube sleeves. They are produced in Mini, Small, Medium and Large.   

1) Mini Gel Tube Sleeve: best for the 5th toe in women.Image

2) Small: mostly for toes 2-5 in women

3) Medium: best for 2-5 toe in men or big toe in women.

4) Large: mostly for big toe in men.

So gel toe sleeves are gel toe separators that disperse friction and pressure off toes especially in high heels, runners and hammertoes. By following the above sizing one should have a great fit.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

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Callus Pads: Felt, Foam or Gel, What is the Difference?

So what is the difference between foam, felt and reusable gel callus pads? The typical callus pad is fabricated from one of three materials. These are medical grade felt, foam and gel. First lets discuss the felt callus pad. Most common callus pad is a felt callus pad  that are produced from cotton. The cotton padding is compressed in to sheets called felt. The most common thickness is 1/8 inch felt callus pad. The advantages of callus pads made from felt are that the material breathes with allows sweat to wick away from the body. Also these callus protectors are easily cut to form a more custom fit. The second most common callus cushion is a foam callus pad. Foam is produced from petrochemicals in to sheets that are cut to form the foot pad. Foam does not breathe as much as felt does but is less expensive to fabricate. Foam callus pads have more of a spongy feel than the felt ones.  But a foam callus pad can compress faster than the felt one. Reusable, washable gel callus pads are the newest type to be produced. The advantages of the gel callus pad is how long it lasts. It can be used over and over again and it will not compress. The gel is not as spongy and soft as the felt or foam material. Gel callus pads also cost more to produce. So what is the difference between foam, felt and gel callus pads is basicly the feel.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

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Ring Callus Pad Can Also Be Used As A Bunion Pad

Our ring callus pad is increasingly being used by health care professionals as a bunion pad for their patients. We follow up with our end users and approximately 27% of them are using the ring callus pads as a bunion shield. The advantages of using a callus pad is the ease of use. Just peel off a callus cushion and apply it to the skin. The opening of the pad surrounds the boney prominence of the bunion. This off loads the pressure from the boney bunion bump to the callus protector. Some practitioners and patients even cut the foot pad in half to create a half moon. This increases the number of callus pads and decreases the bulk of the pad in one’s shoe.

Ring callus pads come in felt or foam and have medical grade adhesive. These foot pads have been in use for years due to its usefulness, low cost and ease of use. The most common way practitioners dispense the ring callus pad is to apply one to the callus or bunion in their office. Once the patient is comfortable with the placement, either more are given to the patient or the patient buys more.

So the ring callus pad can be used effectively as a bunion pad.

Teri Green

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Gel Corn Pads

Gel corn pads are toe cushions made of medical grade silicone gel. They are designed to protect hammertoes, corns and blisters. These gel corn pads are reusable, washable and self sticking. The self adhesive surface will adhere to skin and can be easily removed. The center of the gel corn pad is placed over the affected are and the corn pad surrounds and off loads the pressure and pain. A gel corn pad creates a soft barrier between the shoe and the toe. That is why they are great for woman in high heel shoes.

When applying a gel corn pad make sure the skin is clean and dry. Wearing socks ensures the corn pad stays in place, but it is not mandatory. Position the gel toe pad so the opening is placed around the corn or the affected area. After use, just peel the gel corn by gently lifting it away from the hammertoe. Do not put powder, lotions or medications on the corn pad or the skin while using the toe pad. This will cause it not to stick. The gel corn pad and skin must be dry and clean for it to stick. Our gel corn pad can be used over and over again.  

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Felt Arch Supports are an Inexpensive Alternative to Treat Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs

Felt arch supports are an inexpensive alternative to treat plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome. A felt arch support is a soft orthotic made of medical grade cotton 1/4 inch felt. The advantages of a felt arch support are several. Just place the device in a shoe, no need to cast or heat mold an orthotic. The felt will mold over time (usually in two days) to the shape of the foot. This provides superior longitudinal arch control. The 3/4 length provides for extra toe room in the shoe. Since the felt arch support is flexible, there is an ease to modifications. The light weight cotton felt is comfortable in the shoe. It comes in only two sizes, woman and men so no need to stock multiple sizes with other prefab orthotics. The cost of a felt arch supportImage is about a fourth the price of other prefab orthotics. Felt arch supports relieves plantar fasciitis and heel spur pain.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

  

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