The hit television show The Doctors featured an entire show on the benefits of cold to your health. When discussing how cold can relieve foot pain, such as plantar fasciitis and tired feet, they featured the TheraBand Foot Roller.

The Foot Roller is a product that we have been dispensing in our Houston podiatry practice since the product was available. In fact EVERYONE who comes to the office with foot pain leaves with one! The Foot Roller is used to stretch the plantar fascia, which is a long ligament that travels through the arch toward the toes. When the ligament inflames, known as plantar fasciitis, there is pain in the heel and arch that results.

You can freeze or chill the Foot Roller to have a double effect: stretching and icing. This way you can stretch the plantar fascia and benefit from the anti-inflammatory effect of the cold as well. The foot roller works great for tired feet at the end of a long day.

Take a look at the segment from The Doctors:

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
4 Comments
I suffer from plantar fasciitis myself and this looks like it might hurt a bit but I bet it feels amazing after. I bet the cold has a real soothing effect. Thanks for sharing The Foot Roller!
by Bruised Heel May 3, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This looks like it would feel great for tired sore feet. I think the cold is an added benefit. I don't think I could get away with it in the office.
by foot cramps June 11, 2011 at 03:55 PM
That is absolutely correct, Sophia. Even the best running shoes have very minimal sock liners that offer little or no support. The support found in running shoes are in the midsole of the shoe and effects the way the foot contacts and interacts with the ground. An orthotic, when needed, influences the mechanics of the foot and lower extremity to provide efficiency and stability to the base of support. The custom orthotic and the right running shoe should work to complement one another to provide the best control for the runner.
by Dr. Schneider May 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM
I saw a website - shoe inserts , claiming the most shoe manufacturers don’t have high quality inserts in them, even if the shoe is very expensive, or one that suppose to be a comfort shoe. Is it true? Do I still need a better orthotic than what I have in my running shoes? Source: www.shoeinserts.co
by Sophia May 7, 2011 at 07:21 AM
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