By Dr. Ryan Geringer
We all have had sore feet at one time or another, but imagine having pain across your foot or up your calf for weeks. Plantar fasciitis is a common, painful condition that impacts more than two million Americans each year. Across the bottom of your foot, running from toes to the heel, is a sheet of connective tissue called fascia. Simply put, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of this tissue that results in pain whether you’re walking, standing, or sitting. Even sleeping can exacerbate it since your feet naturally fall into a pointed shape which irritates the fascia even more.
Achilles Tendonitis Explained
Achilles tendonitis is similar example of painful inflammation. In this case, the pain radiates from the Achilles tendon which attaches the calf muscles to the back of the heel. The pain can be experienced as a dull ache, but also commonly as a burning pain and like plantar fasciitis, the pain is there regardless of activity. For many sufferers, the tendon actually becomes thicker and harder with fibrous tissue. The aim of treatment is to increase the oxygen going to the tendon, thereby helping the body to heal itself. Both plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can take up to 6 painful weeks to heal.
How to treat
Traditionally, treatment options for these conditions have been somewhat limited. Doctors frequently treat both ailments with anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids and some people find temporary relief with ice packs. Stretching, immobilizing, calf exercises and massage have all been recommended, but are not always helpful for the long term. Many people fail to complete prescribed exercise plans because of the pain that comes from movement. Amazingly, however, there is now a device that has been proven to both help ease pain and actually heal the conditions.
A simple proven way to help
The Airheel from Aircast has been the focus of many research studies since its release and it has repeatedly proven itself to be effective. One study found that the structure of the AirHeel and the way it supports the foot significantly helps with the pain of walking with plantar fasciitis . It declares that the AirHeel is an effective treatment that works even when the sufferer is moving, doing the regular activities of life.
There’s even more promising research for using the AirHeel to heal Achilles tendonitis. Two studies have found that using the AirHeel while walking is as effective as the traditional treatment of exercise [2,3]. The tendon massage that comes from walking with the AirHeel increases oxygen saturation and speeds healing
Single products can help but a combination is more effective.
We proudly offer the AirHeel as part of our Achilles Tendon and Plantar Fasciitis kits. The kits include everything you need to effectively treat these common conditions. Along with the AirHeel, we include the Freeze Sleeve that eases pain and allows you to stay active. Fast Freeze is a analgesic spray that can be used on any breakthrough pain you may experience. Finally, and very importantly, the kits include a full physical therapy plan created by a licensed physical therapist. Together, these products will get you back to enjoying a pain-free life.
- This Blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult your physician before beginning any therapeutic regiment.
 Kavros, S. J. (2005). The efficacy of a pneumatic compression device in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Journal Of Applied Biomechanics, 21(4), 404-413.
 Eccentric training and an Achilles wrap reduce Achilles tendon capillary blood flow and capillary venous filling pressures and increase tendon oxygen saturation in insertional and midportion tendinopathy. (2007). The American Journal Of Sports Medicine, 35(4), 673.
 Petersen, W., Welp, R., & Rosenbaum, D. (2007). Chronic Achilles tendinopathy: a prospective randomized study comparing the therapeutic effect of eccentric training, the AirHeel brace, and a combination of both. The American Journal Of Sports Medicine, 35(10), 1659-1667.