Treatments

The information presented is not intended to replace medical advice of your Doctor. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific condition.

 

Bunions || Calluses || Corns || Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy || Heel Pain || Lower Back Pain - Hip Pain - Knee Pain
Metatarsalgia || Morton's Neuroma || Plantar Fasciitis || Poor Circulation

 

Bunions

Overview:

Bunions are painful swellings that develop most often on the inner side of the foot near the base of the first toe (hallux). Less frequently, bunions occur at the base of the fifth toe (called a "tailor's bunion"). Bunions result from inflammation and thickening of the bursa (fluid-filled sac in the connective tissue) and cause abnormal bone formation and misalignment of the toe. They cause redness, tenderness, and pain, and alter the normal position of the first toe.

 

Causes:

  • Wearing tight, pointy-toed, or high-heeled shoes, and shoes that are too small.
  • Hereditary foot deformities
  • Arthritis
  • Flat Feet

 

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles lift the foot arch and relieve stress on the cord that align the big and small toe, relaxes the toes and puts less stress on the bunion.

 

Wear proper fitting footwear, Soak feet in warm water, Apply ice to the area.


Calluses

Overview:

Calluses are a build up of thickened skin found on the bottom of the feet, heel, and the inside of the big toe. The calluses are formed because of repeated friction and pressure and are formed to protect the skin and the structures beneath it from injury or damage. When the calluses thicken, additional pressure against the skin causes pain. Calluses on the toes can develop into corns.

 

Causes:

  • Wearing improper fitting footwear (narrow-toed & high heeled shoes)
  • Excess friction between the skin and underlying bone
  • Flat Feet

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles can help by providing a soft surface inside your shoe to relieve the pain from the aching calluses. Massaging Insoles will help to eliminate any friction or excessive pressure on the feet.

 

Soak feet in warm water and use a pumice stone to smooth the callused tissue.


Corns

Overview:

Corns are a build up of thickened skin that are formed because of excessive pressure and repeated rubbing of the toes. The hard corn is the most common type and found on the tops and tips of toes and the sides of the feet. Soft corns are usually found between the toes. Pain is caused by repeated friction.

 

Causes:

  • Wearing improper fitting footwear (tight fitting shoes in toe area)
  • Deformed toes

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles redistribute the weight evenly across the foot, eliminating any friction or excessive pressure on the feet. The glycerin fluid cuts the friction forces and absorbs the shock. This alleviates the pain and allows the corns to heal.

 

Wear wider and proper fitting shoes.

 

In some cases surgery may be required to fix the bone problem.


Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Overview:

Diabetic neuropathy, a condition in which nerve function deteriorates in the body's extremities, leads to a gradual loss of feeling in the hands, arms, legs, and feet. Patients may experience numbness, pain (e.g., tingling, shooting pain, burning sensation), and weakness in the extremities.

 

Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or sores that they may not be aware of due to insensitivity in the feet. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as bunions and hammer toes. It is very important for diabetics to take the necessary precautions to prevent all foot-related injuries. Daily observation of the feet is critical. When a diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative foot care measures, he or she reduces the risk of developing serious foot conditions.

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles improve circulation as the glycerin fluid pumps up and down along the arch of your foot. This all-day massaging action improves blood flow and circulation in the feet and lower body. The "pump" action creates and releases pressure on your feet as you walk. This push and release action flushes the blood pools that have accumulated on your feet and allows new oxygen rich blood to flow in. Also, the insoles protect the soles of your feet by contouring to your feet, reducing the friction forces to your skin and absorbing the shock to the feet.

 

Wear natural fiber socks. Pacesetter Enterprises also offers a Reflexa Sock for Diabetics to be used in conjunction with our Massaging Insoles.

Control your diabetes, Wear proper fitting footwear, Inspect feet regularly


Heel Pain

Overview:

Heel spurs are a bone growth that extends from the heel bone, particularly on the bottom front of the heel bone and sometimes slightly to the side. Usually, a heel spur forms where the plantar fascia ligament attaches to the bottom of the heel bone. Those who overuse, or put heavy stress on the plantar fascia, are at risk of developing heel spurs.

 

Heel Spurs

 

Overview:

Heel pain is one of the most common forms of foot pain in adults. It is often caused by daily activity, exercise and because of a decrease in elasticity in the foot and slower healing due to age. Heel pain is also common in active children and is found in the back or bottom of the heel. There are many causes of heel pain. See Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis.

 

Causes:

  • Heel spurs develop as an abnormal growth in the heel bone due to calcium deposits that form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel. This stretching of the plantar fascia is usually the result of over-pronation (flat feet), but people with unusually high arches (pes cavus) can also develop heel spurs.
  • Women have a significantly higher incidence of heel spurs due to the types of footwear often worn on a regular basis.

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles align your feet and distribute the weight of your feet evenly, giving instant relief to heel spurs. And, it soothes the irritated muscles attached to the heel bone. They also massage your feet, increasing circulation. This increase in circulation appears to slowly dissipate calcium buildup. It's accomplished as fluid pumps up and down along the arches of your feet to the ball of your feet. The insoles also provide a cushion which helps to absorb the shock as you walk.

 

Stretching exercises, Lose weight.


Lower Back Pain – Hip Pain – Knee Pain

Overview:

Every step you take puts pressure on your legs, hips and spine. When there is a problem, you can have unnecessary strain on the heels, legs, knees and lower back.

 

Causes:

There are many causes of knee & lower back pain and can include:

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Walking/standing on hard surfaces

 

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles help align your feet into their proper positions. Your shin bone becomes misaligned when your foot improperly settles in the longitudinal arch. This misalignment continues up to the spinal column, causing discomfort to the knees, hips, legs, lower back and upper back. Plus our insoles act as shock absorbers. Within 4-5 weeks, you will notice relief in all of your weight-bearing joints.


Metatarsalgia

Overview:

Metatarsalgia is a condition marked by pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot (the area just before the toes)

 

Causes:

  • You may experience metatarsalgia if you're physically active and your feet are impacted by running and jumping. Or, you may develop metatarsalgia by wearing improper-fitting shoes.
  • Can also be caused by hammer toes, bunions, Morton's Neuroma and thinning of the fat pads at the balls of the feet.

 

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles lift and support the longitudinal arch keeping your feet aligned. The glycerin fluid cuts the friction forces and absorbs the shock to the feet. This alleviates the pain and reduces the inflammation to the metatarsal heads.

 

Wear proper fitting footwear, Rest, Apply ice to the area.


Morton's Neuroma

Overview:

Morton's Neuroma is an enlarged nerve that usually occurs between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms include: a burning sensation, feeling a bump on the balls of your feet, pain, numbness and tingling.

 

Causes:

  • Wearing shoes that have a tapered toe box, or high-heeled shoes that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box. Activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or racquet sports. People with certain foot deformities—bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, or more flexible feet—are at higher risk for developing a Neuroma.

 

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles lift and support the longitudinal arch, shifting the excessive weight from the metatarsal arch. This allows the metatarsal bones to settle back into their proper place, and helps reduce the nerve pinching that causes Morton's Neuroma.

 

Wear proper fitting footwear, Apply ice to the area.


Plantar Fasciitis

Overview:

Inflammation of the plantar fascia is the most common type of heel pain. Plantar fascia is the band of connective tissue that runs along the sole from the heel to the ball of the foot. One of its main roles is to keep the bones and joints in position. Bruising or overstretching this ligament can cause inflammation and heel pain. The pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after rest. In many cases, plantar fasciitis is associated with a heel spur. The plantar fascia tears at the heel and, over time, these injuries calcify and form a bony growth.

 

Causes:

  • Flat Feet - the ligament is forced to overstretch as the foot spreads out and the arch flattens.
  • High Arches - the plantar fascia may be pulled too tight.
  • Being overweight – puts excessive stress on the plantar fascia

 

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles massage your feet, thereby relaxing the band of irritated connecting tissues between the heel and the base of your toes. This all-day massaging helps alleviate your pain.

 

Avoid activities that worsen the condition (e.g., prolonged standing, strenuous exercise)

Wear well-cushioned and supportive shoes that fit properly.

 

Stretching exercises, Apply ice to the area

Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen may be used to reduce pain and inflammation.

Physical therapy also may be used to relieve heel pain.


Poor Circulation

Overview:

Proper blood circulation is vital to good health. As the blood moves through your body, it provides your organs and tissue with important nutrients, carries out your body's waste, helps fight germs, regulates your bodies' temperature and heals wounds.

 

Causes:

Poor circulation is most commonly caused by a progressive blocking of the arteries in the leg (atherosclerosis). Those with diabetes are more likely to develop poor circulation to the foot. Other risk factors for developing poor circulation include a lack of physical activity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Some symptoms of poor circulation include:

  • Claudication - dull cramping pain in the calf muscle that comes on after walking a certain distance - it is relieved by rest.
  • Numbness or tingling in the foot or toes can occur.
  • Changes in the color of the skin (it becomes more pale, bluish, or reddish).
  • Changes in skin temperature (the foot becomes cooler).
  • Skin infection and sores do not heal as well as they should.
  • Tired feet – can be caused by many conditions and can include: fibromyalgia, damaged nerves, bone pain or restless leg syndrome.
  • Burning feet - can be caused by gout, diabetes and Neuroma (a trapped nerve).
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles - build-up of excess fluids or inflammation of adjoining tissues.
  • Gout - is a build-up of uric acid (a toxin excreted by the muscles), usually in the big toe. When circulation in the feet is constrained, the uric acid cannot flush out of the system and the swelling from this is very painful, especially when walking.

Treatments:

Massaging Insoles improve circulation as the glycerin fluid pumps up and down along the arches of your feet. This all-day massaging action improves blood flow and circulation in the feet and lower body. The "pump" action creates and releases pressure on your feet as you walk. This push and release action flushes the blood pools that have accumulated on your feet and allows new, oxygen-rich blood to flow in.

 

Become more active, Keep your feet raised, Warm water soak.

 

The information presented is not intended to replace medical advice of your Doctor. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific condition.