Dear MendMeShop,

I wanted to get back to you with feedback about the Inferno Wrap. So far we are very pleased with the size, light weight, flexibility and comfort of the wrap. It is very convenient the way the cord is set up. If one has to leave the area for a moment it is much easier now because instead of removing the entire wrap or unplugging the whole thing from the wall, you can just detach at the segment. I like the on/off switch, too. It is much easier to see which setting it is on. Everything about this new product seems more intelligent and user friendly. A lot of thought was put into improving on the old product. Well done to all involved!!!

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Rebecca Page

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Overstretching the tendon can result in injury.

Plantar literally means 'bottom of foot', fascia means 'connective tissue' and itis means 'inflammation'. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain; it affects more than 10% of the US population. It is considered a repetitive stress condition where your fascia experiences wear and tear mostly at the point where it attaches to your heel bone (the weakest part). Every time your foot strikes the ground your plantar fascia is stretched, when your heel lifts off the ground your plantar fascia experiences tension. Forces in your foot strike can reach 2-3 times your body weight depending on if you are standing, walking, running or jumping. This extra tension can result in overstretching, inflammation and/or micro-tearing of the fascia at your heel, which your body finds difficult to repair itself. Although it is referred to as an inflammatory condition, plantar fasciitis can happen with or without inflammation. It generally occurs in one foot, however in 1/3 of cases it will develop in both feet. It most frequently affects athletes, people who are on their feet all day and those over 40 years of age (it is experienced twice as often in women than men in this age group).

Foot heel spur.

Plantar fasciitis can be a stand alone condition or it can be related to an underlying disease or other ailment. Many people refer to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs as one in the same. Although these are similar and often occur in conjunction with each other, they are not same. Heel spurs (calcium deposits in soft tissues in and around the bone) can actually be caused by plantar fasciitis; 50% of people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs.

Foot heel spur.

In any case, plantar fasciitis can affect your ability to do your usual work, hobbies and/or sports activities. It also can lead to changes in the way you walk, and if not addressed, can lead to knee, hip and low back injuries. Plantar fasciitis can cause scar tissue, as well as enlargement or swelling of the vessels that carry fluids through your bone marrow, which can complicate the healing of an injured fascia. It is considered a self-limited condition, which means that by making small alterations in your lifestyle and regular routines you can often control the condition.

Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs (also known as Calcaneal Exostosis) are often diagnosed together but the ailments are really two different things. As a result of plantar fasciitis about 70% of sufferers also develop heel spurs. However, a person with a heel spur does not necessarily suffer the debilitating pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

Strain and inflammation of the plantar ligament may result from running, high impact aerobics and sports like basketball, especially when inappropriate footwear such as worn-out shoes are worn. Plantar fasciitis causes pain on the plantar surface of the heel and the the inner side of the bottom of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition. Suffering tends to be greater when standing at the beginning of the day since sleeping allows the plantar fascia (ligament connecting calcaneus or heel bone to the ball of the foot) to tighten. Over the course of the day symptoms may alleviate as the plantar facia is used and loosens. Prolonged use of the plantar facia ligament (i.e. standing for long periods) may cause the pain to return.

In addition to regular stretching, resting, drug therapies and the application of cold packs effective pain management may also be experienced with regular MendMeShop Therapeutic Ultrasound treatments.

More Information

orthopedics.about.com Plantar Fasciatis Information
www.answers.com Answers about Plantar Fasciatis

Plantar Fasciitis-Type Ailments

Calcaneal Bursitis
Calcaneal Spur
Calcaneal Exostosis
Heel Spur
Plantar Fascia
Plantar Fasciitis
Tendonitis
Tendinosis

Alternate names and/or associated conditions:

Plantar fasciosis, jogger's heel, tennis heel, policeman's heel, calcaneal enthesopathy pain, gonorrhea heel, calcaneal spur syndrome, heel spur syndrome, plantar fascial rupture, calcaneal fracture, atrophy of heel fat pad, tibial nerve entrapment, gout


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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

You can help your body repair itself by speeding its natural healing process using an Inferno Wrap™. The Inferno Wrap's patented design delivers the most effective Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy you can find.

Inferno Wraps stimulate blood flow

During normal activities, the movement promotes blood flow through our body. Our body responds to the movement by sending oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, joints, tendons and other soft tissue in the body.

When at rest, the blood flow to your tendons is greatly reduced. Unfortunately, when your tendon is injured it requires rest but it also needs the blood flow to promote the healing process. Since you can't work your tendon without danger of further injury, you need to stimulate the blood flow another way.

Our innovative Inferno Wrap™ gives you the best Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy available. The Inferno Wrap™ creates energy waves that stimulate blood flow by penetrating through the outer layers of your body. The energy waves reach deep into your muscles, tendons and cartilage, reducing your pain as they heal the inner tissue.

An Inferno Wrap™ gives you unparalleled blood flow stimulation to your injured tendon. You simply won't find a comparable product on the market. Other therapy products can not come close to offering the comfortable, contoured fit and targeted energy treatment an Inferno Wrap™ provides.

You will experience a soothing, penetrating warmth deep in the tissue as it works to stimulate your blood flow, we guarantee it. Now you can reduce your pain and heal yourself with the comfortable, light weight Inferno Wrap™.

Success

The Inferno Wrap™ provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.

When your tendon has healed somewhat and it comes time for more aggressive rehabilitation, stretching and activity, Blood Flow Stimultation Therapy warms the muscles in the injured area which increases range of motion and allows for a safer more thorough stretch.

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Therapeutic Ultrasound

xyliss ultrasound

Ultrasound Therapy is also a great tool for pain prevention of tendonitis or healing a tendon tear, and having a therapeutic ultrasound device at home can be a powerful and convenient treatment tool. If you have symptoms of tendonitis or are recovering from a tendon injury, using ultrasound on a regular basis before your activity or throughout the day will help relax your tendons and muscles, diminish pain and inflammation, soften scar tissue and contribute greatly to the healing of your injury.

Therapeutic Ultrasound heats and massages your soft tissue giving you three primary benefits. First, it increases blood flow in the treated area which speeds your body's natural healing process. Second, it reduces swelling and edema which are the main sources of pain. Third, ultrasound softens existing scar tissue and minimizes the build up of new scar tissue resulting in reduced pain while healing and greater flexibility once healing is complete.

MendMeShop Therapeutic Ultrasound Gel ingredient
Eucalyptus...
It's in our Gel!

Ultrasound can also be used to administer therapeutic medicines into the body. This is a process known as phonophoresis. Ultrasound with Phonophoresis is rapidly becoming more popular than Ultrasound Therapy alone.

Tendon Injury Treatment - MendMeShop Ultrasound Therapy Gel
Peppermint...
It's in our gel too!

Our MendMeShop Lavender Infusion Gel is the only topical therapeutic gel that is also a Phonophoretic Ultrasound Gel. It is made with natural medical ingredients including eucalyptus, peppermint, Bulgarian lavender and menthol. These effective ingredients have anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, decongestant, and circulatory stimulant properties. When applied topically and massaged into the skin, MendMeShop Lavender Infusion Gel relieves pain and speeds healing without any side-effects.

Cold Compression Therapy

Our cold compression wraps work by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the area of your injured tendon. Once blood vessels are damaged they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the damaged tissue and therefore cells begin to break-down. The deep cold provided by our cold compression wraps slows cell function thereby reducing cellular break-down. Furthermore, because the cold wraps serve to numb the nerves, the wraps also reduce pain!

We have noticed over time that our customers are so fond of our cold wraps that they are frequently coming back and ordering a second one - this way they can cool one while wearing the other. The wraps are becoming very popular with baseball and soccer trainers, and the wraps can be conveniently stored in a cooler for quick application on the field when needed.

Always allow the injured area to return to normal body temperature between hot and cold treatments by waiting 60-90 minutes before applying a different therapy.

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Dear MendMeShop,

At the end of the 2009 school year, (I'm a teacher) I developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I remember literally being in agony the last day of school and calling my orthopedic surgeon for an emergency appointment. He saw me, prescribed ice, supportive shoes, and offered to give me a shot of corticosteroid. He informed me that the shot might help but it also might make it worse! Needless to say, with that comment, I passed on the shot. I was really having a hard time with the pain. I began to search on the internet to find out all I could about plantar facsciitis and possible regimens to follow to aleviate my problem.. One site led to another and I finally found MendMeShop. MendMeShop offered a foot wrap that sounded like the perfect way to ice my foot. The plantar Freezie gel pack didn't freeze solid and the wrap molded perfectly to my foot. It certainly beat a tub full of hard ice! The condition is now gone from my right foot. I routinely exercise fairly vigorously including jogging on the treadmill. I would never have been able to do that last summer!

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Caroline Withers

 

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Relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis with a cold compress

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