For anyone who’s ever suffered a foot injury like a broken toe or sprained ankle, you’re likely aware that blood flow is crucial to the healing process. Unfortunately, external devices that help bring increased blood flow to your feet are bulky and expensive…or, they were until now at least.
Orthopedic surgeon David Mayer and his son Matt have developed a new shoe, called Footbeat, designed to alleviate the symptoms of foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis and other common foot ailments, simply by increasing blood flow to the feet.
The sneaker is composed of a knitted material and is fitted with a special insole containing a mini engine. That engine delivers cycles of pressure to the bottom of the fit, simulating a pumping heart and increasing blood flow to the area.
Pre-orders of the complete Footbeat kit (which includes the shoes, the engine, the insoles, a remote control, a charger, two pairs of socks and one bag) are now available on the website for a currently discounted rate of $399.
While devices such as these shoes can certainly assist in recovery from foot injuries, nothing can replace the care and attention of your podiatrist. I always recommend consulting a physician before purchasing a medical assistive device, and am happy to discuss footwear options with patients in my Houston podiatry practice.