Foot Trainers helped mePosted by Bob P on 3/23/04 at 13:20 (147620)
I developed Plantar Fasciitis in the fall of 2003. I thought I could run through it but by December I had to stop running. I would like to thank Dorothy for recommending the Foot Trainers. I got them in January and started stretching and strenthening every day. After 4 weeks I was able to resume running and am slowly moving up to my pre-injury distances. I am continuing to use them to stay injury free. If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, I would certainly give them a try.
Re: Foot Trainers helped meMike W on 3/24/04 at 12:06 (147670)
I am happy to hear of your progress. Don't forget to perform the exercises before you run. I hope you stay injury free.
Re: Foot Trainers helped mePeter A on 3/24/04 at 15:41 (147686)
Has anyone else tried these? When I recently read about them I thought they made sense. I also wonder if it is possible to do the strengthening exercises without the trainers -- using your hand, or some other device to oppose the extensors. I do know that just pushing up with my foot & toes against my hand gives a sense of relief to the plantar fascia and whole underside of my foot, but of course I have no idea if doing it that way has any therapeutic value.
Re: Foot Trainers helped meMike W on 3/25/04 at 02:14 (147722)
You should use the search function on this site for more testimomials.
You can't perform the exercises properly with your hand.
The goal of these exercises is to relax/lengthen the short tight flexor foot/lower leg muscles. This is achieved by contracting the extensors. This is known as reciprocal muscle innervation and it does have therapeutic value.