Pain Cakes: Stick it to Pain (Product Review)

Over the last few months, I struggled with two different injuries: ITBS and peroneal tendonitis. ITBS is a rather common running injury, and while peroneal tendonitis is less common, tendonitis affects a lot of athletes.


If you’ve been injured, you know that icing is a common recommendation from medical professionals. Often, injured runners rotate icing with heat and combine it with compression, elevation, rest, medication, and physical therapy.

I’ve iced many injuries and had trouble finding good ice packs. Ziplock baggies filled with ice leak. Bags of frozen vegetables may work- until you come home from a run to find that your husband decided to cook that bag of frozen broccoli for dinner. I had an ice pack that was filled with little round beads, until it got a hole and I found blue beads leaking out on my ottoman. Eww.


Paincakes are the best ice packs I’ve found. During my weeks of rehabbing my peroneal tendonitis, Paincakes provided me more relief than traditional ice packs. I continue to use them any time my ankle feels “off” after a run or workout.

Paincakes are “the cold pack that sticks”, and they stick very well. The sticky side of the ice pack reminds me of a TENS unit pad. The sticky side is covered with plastic, which you replace between uses.



When I place my Paincake ice pack on my ankle, I can sit at my desk at work normally without propping my foot up since it sticks to my ankle.

Not only do Paincakes stick to your injury, they also wrap around bones and joints. The liquid inside makes the ice pack flexible so the entire surface area is iced. Ankles and knees can be difficult to ice, and traditional icepacks mean you have to sit or lay on the couch the whole time.

I can even walk around with the Paincake on my ankle. I don’t walk all over my house while icing it, but I can walk from my desk to the fridge to get my protein shake or walk to the bathroom.


If you train hard, the question isn’t if you’ll need an ice pack, but when. Since I run six days a week and Clay does BJJ four days a week, we keep Paincakes in the freezer all the time. My tendonitis is fine 90% of the time now, but sometimes you’re sore and achy and need an ice pack.

Even after many uses, the Paincake still freezes and sticks to my ankle quite well. So far, it has lasted over a month and I expect it to last several months. Of course, this all depends on how often you ice your injury, and you must remember to replace the plastic cover over the sticky surface after each use.

Paincakes are a great investment for athletes. Right now, they are only available for purchase online, but if you’d like to save some money (and who doesn’t?), you can use the QR code below to save 20%.


As always, I’m not a doctor, I don’t play one on TV, and I certainly don’t claim to be one on the internet. My best advice to any injured runner is to seek medical attention right away. In my experience, the best thing to do is stop running and make a doctor’s appointment as soon as something feels “off”.

Chances are, you’ll have to wait at least a few days to get a doctor’s appointment. If your issue goes away after a few days off, just cancel your appointment. If you’re still dealing with your issue, you’re a few days closer to seeing a doctor and getting answers than you would be if you’d waited for it to heal.

If you find a doctor and a PT who understand athletes, keep them close because those people are valuable assets to any runner.

As a Paincakes ambassador, I received two Paincakes for review as well as a discount code to share. This did not influence my review in any way. I did not receive monetary compensation for this post and do not receive monetary compensation if you purchase. As always, I chose to review products I personally use and believe in.

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11 Responses to Pain Cakes: Stick it to Pain (Product Review)

  1. May have to check these out.

  2. sarahdudek80 says:

    I have never heard of these, but this is a brilliant concept. One of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” products. Definitely going to look into these for myself and my runners.

  3. I’m actually pretty impressed that my house has only once accidentally eaten the frozen veggies that were designated for icing. These seem like a really great idea.

  4. supereli23 says:

    That’s impressive that they stick! I’ve never heard of them before, and they don’t give you any skin issues from direct contact?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      They haven’t. It is recommended to let the pain cake thaw for a few minutes first. As far as the adhesive, it is the same material as a TENS unit pad, which has never irritated my skin before, so these haven’t either.

  5. Elizabeth C. says:

    This is brilliant. And so obvious, I can’t believe no one has invented this until now. I just purchased a green one using your QR code. 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Awesome, I hope you like it. I don’t get any kickbacks (as far as I know) if you buy through that code but I know just how much discounts help because this sport- and being injured- can be very expensive at times. Glad it could help!

  6. This is an excellent review, Amy! I have heard about these pain cakes and this review was a great read!

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