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Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is usually caused by a biomechanical imbalance resulting in tension along the plantar fascia.

Cold One Three in One ICE Wrap

One wrap for 3 painful areas
Elbow - Hand/Wrist - Foot

       

 

Our Cold One 3 in 1 ICE Wrap provides tight, comfortable, coverage to the top and Lateral Side of the foot. By tightening the Velcro closures to the form and shape of your foot, you can control the compression which drives the cold deep into the painful and swollen soft tissues to stop pain and swelling.

The coverage of the wrap on the sole of your foot completely covers the entire Plantar Fascia. The neoprene and Velcro straps allow you to adjust compression on the heel end of the Plantar Fascia, which is the most common area of pain, and drives the cold deep into the painful areas.

Place a wrap in your home freezer at night before you go to bed. The Cold Gels are sewn into the wrap between the outer neoprene layer and the inner rubberized liner layer. The wrap will freeze in about 2 hours. Upon awakening, take the wrap from the freezer and apply it as shown and wear it for 15-20 minutes. No Ice, No Dripping, No Mess.

You can walk with the wrap if need be, but it is best to wear it as you read the paper and have your morning beverage. You can wear it directly against your skin or over a sock. When you take the wrap off after your morning session, put it back in the freezer and start your day by controlling your pain. We also provide a non freezable gel sole for your shoe to cushion the Plantar Fasci as you walk during the day.

When you come home, repeat the morning process then put the wrap back in the freezer. Most users have one more session before bedtime. Thus, when you first get your wrap, plan on using it 3 times a day for the first few days. Thereafter, you will develop into a routine which suits you and your daily schedule best.

Remember, Plantar Fasciitis is not a quick healing condition, but you can shorten the healing time by avoiding activities which aggravate the Plantar Fascis, and do exercises which strengthen all of the connective tissues in the sole and lateral sides of the foot.

There are many web sites devoted to exercises to strengthen the connective tissues. Find the one which suits you best. But in the meantime, stop your pain and swelling with a ColdOne Plantar Fasciitis Ice and Compression Wrap.

If you have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis you know how painful it is. If you are an athlete it's probably affecting your performance. Use of the ColdOne cold compression therapy wrap can speed up your recovery time by reducing the heel pain and heel swelling. By combining cold compression therapy with stretching and strengthening your return to participation will occur sooner.

    Plantar fasciitis, which may cause the heel to hurt, feel hot or swell, is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thin layer of tough tissue supporting the arch of the foot. Repeated microscopic tears of the plantar fascia cause pain.

Typically with plantar fasciitis, the pain is worse when first getting out of bed, or is noticeable at the beginning of an activity and gets better as the body warms up. Prolonged standing may cause pain, as well. In more severe cases, the pain may worsen toward the end of the day.

Treatments

Symptoms usually resolve more quickly when the time between the onset of symptoms and the beginning of treatment is as short as possible. If treatment is delayed, the complete resolution of symptoms may take 6-18 months or more. Treatment will typically begin by correcting training errors, which usually requires some degree of rest, the use of ice after activities, and an evaluation of the patient’s shoes and activities. For pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) may be recommended.

    
Using a ColdOne cold compression therapy wrap for 20 minutes several times a day relieves pain and inflammation after exercise and work.
Massaging the foot in the area of the arch and heel before getting out of bed may help. Stretching is also important.
Once you try our ColdOne wrap you'll immediately notice relief from pain and swelling.

How To Use A Plantar Fasciitis Ice Wrap.

The Plantar Fasciitis Ice Wrap has three layers. An outer layer of nitrogen blown neoprene, a center layer of sewn in refreezable gels(Not Inserts), and an inside layer of rubberized linen. All three layers are flexible so the wrap is very comfortable to wear and compression can be adjusted by the velcroed straps.

A typical routine is to place the entire wrap in your home freezer at night. First thing in the morning apply the wrap for 20 minutes. The icing effect will only last about 15 minutes. Doctors and Sports Injury Therapists do not recommend icing for any longer than 20 minutes, so our wraps are safe to use. The compression factor lasts as long as the wrap is worn. You won't damage the wrap by standing or walking, but it is not really designed for walking.

Take the wrap off after 15-20 minutes and put it back into the freezer so it is ready for use later in the day. Typically our users tell us that use again at the end of the day or after activity works best for them. After a couple of days you'll get into a routine that suits you best based upon your individual schedule and the benefits experienced with the wrap.

Isn't Ice Just As Good?
In a word, NO. Ice is often too cold, for too long. Never use ice for more than 15-20 minutes because it not only can burn the skin (cryoburn), but too much cooling will cause additional damage and create a compounded injury. By the time ice has penetrated the inner layers of soft tissue, it has the potential of damaging the skin. Plus it's messy. Bags of frozen peas work in a pinch, but where is the compression?

The compression from the neoprene drives the cold deep into the soft tissue and the rubberized linen inner layer protects the skin. The wrap's one size fits all adjustability allows you to wear a sock if the wrap feels too cold against your skin.

Is This A New Product?
Not really. We have wraps for shoulders, knees, ankle/foot, elbows, wrists, backs, and a universal wrap for hamstring, hip, neck, etc. Our wraps are used by athletes, surgical hospitals, sports therapists and trainers. However, the ankle/foot wrap does not address the plantor fascia. We exhibit our products at the NASDAQ-100 OPEN Tennis Tournement in Key Biscayne. (The US Tennis Assn. endorses and recommends our elbow wrap for Tennis Elbow and the tennis community embraces our products, especially knees and elbows.)

At this year's Tournament,Cold One was approached by several prominent professional Tennis trainers and coaches who wanted to know if we had a wrap for Plantar Fasciitis. We didn't think we did. Well, we were wrong. One of the trainers who was holding an elbow wrap, turned it over and said, "The gels are positioned perfectly for the Plantar Fascia and the Achilles Tendon. Why don't you use the wrap for both the elbow and the foot?" So that is just what we are doing!

The following is an article from HEALTHLINK Medical College of Wisconsin. It provides great additional information on treating Plantar Fasciitis.

Stretching and Strengthening
To reduce pain and help prevent future episodes of discomfort, stretch the calves on a regular basis. Stand with your hands against a wall. With one foot forward and one back, press against the wall, shifting weight over the front foot, while straightening the back leg. Keep the heel of the back foot on the floor and feel the stretch in the heel, Achilles tendon and calf. Then, switch legs.

A similar stretch can be done by standing on a stair step with only the toes on the stairs. The back two-thirds of the feet hang off the step. By leaning forward to balance, the heel, Achilles tendon and calf will be stretched. A similar stretch can be performed when standing where the heel is on the floor and the front part of the foot is on a wood 2x4. Some patients place a 2x4 in an area where prolonged standing is done (such as in front of the sink while washing dishes). Rolling the foot over a tennis ball or 15-ounce can may also be helpful.

Almost 35% of patients in another study cited strengthening programs as the most helpful treatment. To strengthen muscles, do towel curls and marble pick ups. Place a towel on a smooth surface, place the foot on the towel, and pull the towel toward the body by curling up the toes. Or, put a few marbles on the floor near a cup. Keep the heel on the floor and use the toes to pick up the marbles and drop them in the cup.

Another exercise is toe taps. Keep the heel on the floor and lift all of the toes off the floor. Tap only the big toe to the floor while keeping the outside four toes in the air. Next, keep the big toe in the air and tap the other four toes to the floor.

Shoes and Splints
Wearing shoes that are too small may cause plantar fasciitis. Shoes with thicker, well-cushioned midsoles may help alleviate the problem. Running shoes should be frequently replaced as they lose their shock absorption capabilities.

Studies have shown that taping the arch, or using over-the-counter arch supports or customized orthotics also help in some cases of plantar fasciitis. Orthotics are the most expensive option as a plaster cast is made of the individual’s feet to correct specific biomechanical factors. One study found that 27% of patients cited orthotics as the most helpful treatment of plantar fasciitis. Heel cups, on the other hand were ranked the least effective treatment in a survey of 411 patients.

Night splints, which are removable braces, allow passive stretching of the calf and plantar fascia during sleep, and minimize stress on the inflamed area. According to several studies, approximately 80% of patients improved after wearing a night splint. It may be especially useful in patients who have had symptoms for more than a year.

The above information is based on an article by the following Medical College authors that appeared in the February 1, 2001, issue of American Family Physician.

Craig C. Young, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical Director, Froedtert & Medical College Sports Medicine Center


Mark W. Niedfeldt, MD
Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Physician, Froedtert & Medical College Sports Medicine Center


Article Created: 2001-04-12
Article Reviewed: 2001-04-12

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