If you have been experiencing heel pain for any amount of time, you know that it can be debilitating and that you need to make an appointment to see your Houston podiatrist as soon as possible. For many people, the diagnosis for heel pain will be plantar fasciitis, and at my Tanglewood Foot Specialists office, we will work out a treatment plan designed to end your pain as quickly as possible.
Plantar fasciitis is more common than you think, and one sufferer, former Kansas City Royals athletic trainer Keith Hatfield, has just invented a device that he believes will help others with the stretching exercises that can be helpful to people recovering from the problem.
Hatfield was trying to find a way to make his exercises even more effective by stretching the foot and calf at the same time. In order to do that, he’s created a strap that uses your body weight as an anchor; you sit on the strap, which runs down the back of your leg and up and over your foot; it then connects to two handles. When you pull those handles, you pull your toes up and back to stretch your foot, calf and, possibly, your hamstring.
This strap sounds like a great idea, but it retails for about $55, which seems like a lot of money to spend on a band of rubber with handles. If you have plantar fasciitis, come see Dr. Andrew Schneider for treatment plans that won’t force you to buy expensive name-branded accessories.