The FXT plantar fasciitis splint
fits like a sock, gives greater freedom.
Speed up the heeling process of
plantar fasciitis. The FXT allows you to sleep comfortably while gently
stretching out the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that
runs from the heel to the toe.
When heels are sore or you’re
suffering from chronic heel pain, an application of cold and/or hot
assists in the healing process.
Hot/Cold Packs provide therapy
that’s constantly in touch with sore muscles, tendons and tissue.
Microwave or freeze the packs depending on the desired treatment cold
therapy is especially beneficial in the treatment of plantar fasciitis
(heel pain). Apply cold therapy in the mornings and heat therapy in
One of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is over
pronation which is a gait abnormality resulting in excessive
inward rotation of the foot. The information below details the
movements and pressures put on the feet when you are walking.
There are two essential aspects to walking, equilibrium and
locomotion. Equilibrium is being able to walk in a upright position
and keeping your balance. Locomotion is being able to maintain
a rhythmic stepping motion Muscles of the feet and legs are
very important as they provide the strength to initiate and
maintain movement. The most demanding tasks of the gait cycle
is transferring your body weight onto a limb that has just finished
Phases of Gait
The gait cycle begins when one foot contacts the ground and
ends when that foot contacts the ground again. Each cycle begins
with the initial contact in the stance phase and moves through
a swing phase until the cycle ends with the opposite foots next
initial contact. Stance phase accounts for approximately 60
percent, and swing phase for approximately 40 percent of a single
Each gait cycle includes two periods when both feet are on
the ground. The first period of double foot contact begins at
initial contact, and lasts for the first 10 to 12 percent of
the cycle. The second period of double foot contact occurs in
the final 10 to 12 percent of stance phase. As the stance limb
prepares to leave the ground, the opposite limb contacts the
ground and accepts the body's weight. The two periods of double
foot contact account for 20 to 24 percent of the gait cycle's
Stance phase of gait is divided into four periods: loading
response, mid stance, terminal stance, and pre swing. Swing
phase is divided into three periods: initial swing, mid swing,
and terminal swing. The beginning and and ending of each period
are defined by specific events.
Loading response begins with initial contact, the instant the
foot contacts the ground. (Normally, the heel contacts the ground
first. In patients who are suffering from abnormal gait patterns,
the entire foot or the toes contact the ground initially.) Loading
response ends with toe off, when the opposite extremity leaves
Mid stance begins with toe off and ends when the center of
gravity is directly over the foot. (Note that this phase, and
early terminal stance, the phase discussed next, are the only
times in the gait cycle when the body's center of gravity truly
lies over the base of support.)
Terminal stance begins when the center of gravity is over the
supporting foot and ends when the foot contacts the ground.
During terminal stance, around 35 percent of the gait cycle,
the heel rises from the ground.
Pre swing begins at initial contact and ends at toe off, at
around 60 percent of the gait cycle. Thus, pre swing corresponds
to the gait cycle's second period of double foot contact.
Initial swing begins at toe off and continues until maximum
knee flexion (60 degrees) occurs.
Mid swing is the period from maximum knee flexion until the
tibia is vertical or perpendicular to the ground.
Terminal swing begins where the tibia is vertical and ends
at initial contact.