When should it be used?
If your patient has a painful heel lesion, such as a verruca or Policeman’s heel (plantar calceaneal bursitis), then consider using a heel pad.
1 First Steps
Start by cutting a piece of material to the width of the heel.
In the demonstration Jonathan uses semi compressed felt
2 Rounding the Corners
After this, round off two of the corners so that the pad mimics the shape of the heel
3 Bevel the pad
Lastly, bevel the pad all the way around, and it can now be placed on the heel as a flat heel pad.
Offloading an area
1 Offloading the Heel
If you wish to offload a certain area of the heel, start by holding the pad with your fingers, making sure that you are not holding the centre of the pad.
2 Scissor Placement
Take the sharp edge of your scissors and push it through the centre of the pad, while being careful to avoid your fingers.
3 Create a Hole
Nibble your scissors in a circular motion, creating a hole in the centre of the pad.
4 Placing the Pad
Peel off the paper backing and offload the area by placing the pad on the foot. This can be secured with strapping if needed.