The company was founded by William Mathias Scholl, who was born in 1882 and graduated from Illinois Medical School in 1904, thereby becoming a doctor (podiatrist). Scholl and his company invented a number of foot care products, which he marketed with his company after 1906. These include the Foot Eazer, the Zino Pad, rubberless stockings, Foot Wings arch supports, and Ball-O-Foot Cushions. The first company retail store was opened in 1928. William M. Scholl passed away in 1968 at the age of 86, leaving the company to his nephews, William H. Scholl (1920-2002) and Jack E. Scholl (1926-2006). The company had an initial public offering in 1971.
The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine is located at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois, and was established in 1912 by William Scholl. It is unaffiliated with Schering-Plough.
- Dr. Scholl's brand of foot care products
- Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine feet first exhibit
- CNN/Money.com - Big Foot A Midwestern doctor found the thrill of victory in the agony of de-feet. (A biographical news article about Dr. William M. Scholl)
- Scholl Footcare - Who We Are. Contains a short biography of Dr. William M. Scholl.
- Scholl Footcare - Our Heritage. Contains an interactive timeline of Dr. William M. Scholl.
- SSL International PLC - A biographical gallery of Dr. William M. Scholl.
- Jack E. Scholl obituary (New York Times)