Letters From Our Customers:

Dear MendMeShop,

I purchased the Inferno wrap and Freezie wrap to treat a chronic Achilles tendonosis (MICROSCOPIC TEARS OF THE TENDON AT THE INSERTION). During the later part of 2008 I was experiencing a lot of tight muscle and tendons and usually working out (running) tired and not properly warmed up and limber. I started the new year with good intention and determined to work on stretching that included following a home yoga program. I am familiar with yoga but admit that I was too aggressive with the stretching that comes from the 'downward dog' position. I believe this aggravated an already existing condition in the Achilles insertion area, this combined with the stress of a late January 5KM road race caused enough pain in the Achilles tendon to force me to discontinue running. I sought medical attention from my family physician who referred me to physiotherapy. Through the early stage of therapy I continued to do regular bike workouts. Unfortunately the pain increased to the point that I had to stop both running and cycling. I attended physiotherapy for just over two months going once a week receiving massage to the injured area, ultrasound, cortisone by patch and ice. I was religious in following the gentle stretching and strengthening routine at home between physio visits. After these two months with little improvement they released me with the instruction to continue with the stretching, strength exercises and ice. I was still in pain and could not run or cycle without causing further damage, walking was painful. I search for other solutions and found the information on the MendMeShop web site. Although skeptical, I purchased the wraps out of desperation, received the product, read all the literature for use and started into a daily routine. Within 7 days I started to experience a reduction in the constant pain. Within 9 days I was walking without a constant reminder of the injury. I tried doing a ride and although the short 13 mile ride was enjoyable I started to feel the injury flair up again. The injury is not completely healed but the progress I am experiencing gives me hope that with a continued discipline of home treatment using the products, gentle stretching and the use of wearing a brace on my foot while sleeping to prevent the tendon from retracting, will in time bring about the full healthy healing of the injured area. I have found that you really have to be in tune with what you are feeling during the gentle stretching and often back off the stretch so as not to cause repetitive injury to the already weakened area of the Achilles insertion.

Rating: Five Star Rating

John Carey


Results may vary. Remember to include your physician in choosing the best treatment option for you. To discuss your particular situation and how our products can help, call toll-free at 1-866-237-9608.

 

More Plantar Facts:


The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot in carrying the weight of the body.


Approximately 90% of women and 40% of men with plantar fasciitis are overweight.


It frequently affects athletes, people who are on their feet all day and those over 40 years of age.


Among professional athletes, plantar fasciitis is one of the 5 most common foot and ankle injuries.


If left untreated the condition could become chronic and can lead to a host of other issues.


Most sufferers are able to overcome the pain with non-invasive therapy.


Night splints prevent contraction and stretch your plantar fascia while you sleep to help with pain.


Treatment includes avoiding the activity, icing the inflammation, gently stretching and warming the area.


Ultrasound can speed plantar fasciitis recovery significantly.

 

Dear MendMeShop,

I had a very painful torn plantar fascia where it inserts into the heal. Basically I twisted my foot coming down the steps and then had to downsize from a larger house to a smaller house. I was on my feet everyday after work for a month to move which made the tear worse. Then I got misdiagnosed by my doctor who ordered no testing.. I was in agony until I found the mend me shop website. I ordered the plantar inferno wrap and have used it religiously every morning and evening and noticed a gradual improvement immediately. It also feels nice and toasty on my foot. I did finally go to the podiatrist and was in a CAM Boot for 10 weeks, along with my inferno wrap use. I know that the inferno wrap works because I felt no improvement until I started using it. I highly recommend this product for anyone suffering from plantar fascia pain or injury. I would say I am about 80% healed and continue to use this great product--and my physical therapist approves and has encouraged me to continue to use the product.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Mary Wood


Results may vary. Remember to include your physician in choosing the best treatment option for you. To discuss your particular situation and how our products can help, call toll-free at 1-866-237-9608.

 

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

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Recover from Plantar surgery, faster with BFST

It is generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the plantar fascia ligament. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring physical therapy and conservative treatment options post-surgery. If not dealt with properly, your foot (or feet as you could develop from over compensation in both) could end up in worse condition than before the surgery! If pain persists after 12 months of symptoms where conservative treatments have failed then surgery is only performed as a last resort.

More than 90% of people with plantar fasciitis will improve within 10 months of starting a nonsurgical simple treatment method. (source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:

  • Rest - This is important for initial healing because without an appropriate amount of rest you are at risk for increased inflammation, pain and re-injury of your plantar ligament.
  • Cold Compression - Immediate cold compression (using the ColdCure Technology® Plantar/Spur Freezie Wrap®) will allow you to manage pain while getting rid of swelling, inflammation, and edema in your foot.
  • Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) - You can use your own blood flow to maximize your rehabilitation, decrease recovery time, and boost overall long-term healing.

Other Conservative Treatment Methods can be Risky

plantar fascia to rupture as a result of coritsone injections

In some cases, physicians may recommend drugs or medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs) to manage pain and inflammation. Your doctor should limit your injections, multiple coritsone steroid injections can cause the plantar fascia to rupture (tear), which can lead to a flat foot and chronic pain. Most side effects are temporary, but skin weakening (atrophy) and lightening of the skin (depigmentation) can be permanent. (reference: PubMed - US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)

 

Safe, Effective Conservative Treatment Options are Available

If your physician has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatment, you can join our many customers who have had great success treating themselves with the powerful, conservative treatment products we offer through AidMyPlantar - the Plantar/Spur Freezie Wrap® and the Inferno Wrap®


If Surgery is Required...

You have exhausted all nonsurgical measures in the past 12 months. With your doctor's advice and you decide surgery is the next step.

Tradition heel spur surgery/plantar fasciotomy

Open heel-spur fasciotomy surgery

Traditional open surgery involves the surgeon making a 4cm open incision on the side of your foot. The fascia will be partially cut across the surface of the ligament close to where it attaches at the heel bone. A surgical retractor is used to further widened 'gap' of the incision.

The surgeon may address your calcium deposits and/or bone spurs. During this procedure the plantar fascia not detached from the heel bone, only a portion of the ligament is detached. Then the process of removing any calcium deposits and/or bone spurs from the heel area.

Once the first cut of the ligament is done, and the surgeon still feels the fascia is 'tight'. Another small 2cm incision is made just at the base of the ball of the foot. With the fascia exposed more cuts are placed in the ligament and surgeon will manually push you foot in an upward motion to ensure the 'release' of the tissue. The skin is then sutured close you may be fitted with a non-weight-bearing cast or brace for 2 to 3 weeks allowing the tissue to heal

Endoscopic plantar fascia release

Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy

Newer tools and techniques endoscopic surgery has become the 'gold standard' for plantar release (fasciotomy). Normally, a day surgery that only requires a local anesthesia. The surgeon will use one or two 1 cm small incisions on either side of the heel below the ankle bone. A small camera and scalpel are inserted and portion of the plantar fascia is cut from the heel bone. (No removal of any calcium deposits and/or bone spurs are done in this surgery.) Flexing you foot in an upward motion to ensure the 'release' of the tissue. The skin is then sutured close and you are sent home. You can begin limited weight-bearing immediately and wearing normal shoes again as soon as you are comfortable. Most people can return to normal activities in 3 to 6 weeks.

Unlike the traditional method of an open surgery, this procedure has less risks and complications involved. To learn about all risks you may face be sure to speak to your doctor.

Gastrocnemius recession

Calf muscle weakening surgery can help with some types of foot conditions

When normal range of motion is not possible of flexing your feet, despite a year of calf stretches. Your doctor may recommend this type of surgery to lengthening (weaken the lever force of the leg) the calf muscles (gastrocnemius). When the calf muscles become tight increased stress is placed on the plantar fascia.

During the gastrocnemius recession surgery, a 4-7 cm incision is made on the back inside part of the lower leg. Controlled depth incisions are made in the Medial gastrocneminus muscle (or complete release) and plantaris tendon. A surgical retractor is used to further widened 'gap' of the incisions. The surgeon will move the foot and ankle to see the results in the new range of motion and or if more incisions will be needed to 'release' the tissue. The skin is then sutured close and you are placed in a right angle cast, brace or splint for the first two weeks. Then moving to a walking boot it is important to strengthen the calf since you will lose strength in the short term. By the 6-8 week mark, you can usually walk normally, it may take 8-12 months to regain 90-95% of the original calf strength.

Modified Endoscope surgery can be preformed for gastrocnemius recession, depending on the surgeons skill of the operation.

Neurolysis

Neurolysis involves cutting the nerve sheath of the abductor digiti minimi muscle and breaking up adhesions (scar tissue) to free the nerve and relieve the pressure and pain from inflammation. Radio frequency, heat, or chemical injection, have also been used.

Most of the surgeries for plantar fasciitis require a recovery time of approximately 1.5 months. Sometimes a removable cast will be used to support and immobilize the foot. Occasionally crutches or a cane will be used to minimize weight bearing.

If surgerical intervention is required, talk to your physican about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you will find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.

Thinking about Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?
We Have Answers That Can Help...

Most cases of plantar fasciitis respond well to conservative treatments, however, surgery will be needed in some cases. Being presented with a recommendation for surgery is certainly a scary thought for most.

The Internet provides a wealth of information and details on the surgery itself, however, it is a challenge to find quality information on how to prepare for surgery and what to do to speed recovery after the surgery is completed.

Surgery in itself is not the end of the journey,
it is merely the beginning of a new chapter.

It truly takes a comprehensive approach - both before and after surgery - to ensure a complete recovery takes hold. There is no single answer and each individual situation is different.

We here at AidMyPlantar.com provide suggestions and options for people to help get them through this life changing event. We assist many people in shaping an individual course of action to help them prepare for surgery and to heal afterwards.

If you are comptemplating surgery and you would like to ask us questions on steps needed to ensure a more complete healing process, then call our office toll free:

1-866-237-9608

We are available on weekdays between 8:00am and 10:00pm or on weekends between 11:00am and 6:00pm (Eastern Standard Time).

 

Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health

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If you want to prevent return of plantar fasciitis, rupture, avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits, an Plantar/Spur Freezie Wrap® and Plantar/Spurs Inferno Wrap® will provide exceptional results. Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy into your everyday health regimen.

Learn More About SUPERIOR Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

Learn more about how the Plantar/Spur Freezie Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today.

Learn more about how the Plantar/Spur Inferno Wrap® helps with the healing process.


 
 

Plantar Fasciitis Facts:

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the ligament that runs along the arch of the foot.


This condition affects over 2 million Americans.


Sufferers experience an intense stabbing pain in the heel.


Heel spurs can be caused by plantar fasciitis.


50% of people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs.


The pain is most severe in the morning after the tissue has contracted during sleep.

 

Dear MendMeShop,

When we spoke on the phone regarding my husband's improved foot condition a few days ago I mentioned that he thought the size of his heel spur was actually reducing as a result of using the wrap. I didn't want to write to you about that in my last email until I had a chance to actually look at the heel spur myself. Well, I looked at it this morning and my jaw dropped! It has shrunk I would say at least 80%. When it was at its largest size I estimate that it protruded about .75 of an inch. Until he started using the wrap, it was a huge, hard and ugly protrusion that made it difficult to wear shoes. When I looked at his heel this morning it barely was protruding at all, less than .25 of an inch at its highest point. Keep in mind that bone spurs are a hard mass that don't come and go. They are permanent, and the hard mass was something he had been living with for years, but now it has reduced to almost nothing. We are absolutely astounded and my husband is so excited. The $146.00 was well worth it, especially compared to the shoe inserts which cost over $400 and did nothing to reduce the size of the bone spur. And his foot feels great! I told him he should call the two podiatrists he has seen and tell them but I doubt that he will.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Diane Scoccia II


Results may vary. Remember to include your physician in choosing the best treatment option for you. To discuss your particular situation and how our products can help, call toll-free at 1-866-237-9608.

 

pain relief and injury treatment with ultrasound therapy

An effective treatment

Relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis with a cold compress

Advanced Therapy for torn achilles, ruptured achilles, sprained ankle or other ankle injury

Ankle sprain treatment and pulled achilles treatment without surgery

This universal leg wrap can increase healing rate of a shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Freezie Leg wrap for cold compression of the shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy with an Inferno Back wrap for the ultimate in sore back healing

Freeze Wrap Back - reduce back pain and swelling in sore, strained or overused muscles, especially in the lower back and trapezius muscles

Contact one of our Mendmeshop Customer Service Advisors for any questions help with ordering and recommended treatment directions