Dr. Scholl’s to the Rescue

Off-label use of certain medications isn’t standard practice but when a medication developed for one condition also remedies another, it can be a boon to its sufferers. Rogaine was developed to treat hypertension and found fame as a hair growth formula.  This drawer in the curio cabinet is devoted to the very broad topic of Head to Toe. So stay with me, here while I go off-label.

For years I’ve done battle with the adhesive-backed felt circles that are supposed to keep my chair legs from scratching our wood floors.  They never stay in place.  They flip over and leave pernicious gum residue on my floors.  They are undependable and when I need them, I can never find them.

Last week I’d had it with these charlatans.  What else could I use that was soft and cushiony on one side and adhesive on the reverse?  Rummaging in our hall closet for inspiration I came upon our box labeled “toes and tummy.”  I grouped those two together for the alliterative fun and because I didn’t have enough of either to fill an entire box.  The “toe” side of the box held the solution: Dr. Scholl’s moleskin patches.

Soft on one side adhesive on the other, could they do the trick?  You betcha.  I cut out a circle slightly larger than the circumference of my chair legs, adhered the patch to the wood and voila! Easy to apply, easy on the wallet, and so far they have worked quite well.  I also cut up a thicker adhesive-backed heel protector (the kind you form to the inside of your shoe) to see how that would work.  Just as well and a bit sturdier.

On an off-label roll, I adhered a moleskin strip to the inside of a hair clasp that always slips off my hair. It worked. One product, two off-label and oppsing solutions (It girps! It slides!) And there you have it. Dr. Scholl’s treats more than corns, calluses and bunions, none of which I even have.