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Elgin Archxerciser Foot Strengthening Device : Great for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur Syndrome

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  • The Elgin Archxerciser provides resistance for key foot exercises used in clinical rehab of the arch
  • The Archxerciser affords patients relief from sore feet by strengthening the foot's musculature
  • Treats a variety of common foot ailments including plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome
  • Useful for treating the foot & ankle after surgery
  • Archxerciser comes in retail clamshell package
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Due to hygiene reasons the Archxerciser is not returnable.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2 x 3.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000FOPCWM
  • Item model number: 005-FED1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,835 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

The lift seems to make it more efficient.
BKB
This product is really amazing, and has helped me much with my foot soreness, and tiredness due to fallen arches.
Jeanna Thompson
I was cautious and followed the directions carefully.
Andrew Altman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By PerpetualLearner on August 28, 2012
Like others have said, this machine is basically a big toe only version of towel crunches (an exercise in which you put your foot on a towel and curl your toes repeatedly, which pleats the towel). The advantage over towel crunches is a little more range of motion is allowed in the toe flexion direction. Unfortunately, most people have adequate big toe flexion, it is big toe extension that is lacking and necessary for walking and other activities.

The primary muscles this machine exercises are your extrinsic big toe flexor muscles (the ones in the calf), which actually do not contribute that much to arch support and would have little impact on plantar fasciitis. Exercising your extrinsic big toe flexor muscles will do little for heel spurs (bony protrusions in the heel) as well.

The muscles of the arch that you primarily want to focus on are the intrinsic muscles (the ones in the foot itself). These include the lumbricals and the interossei.

In order to strengthen these muscles, it is helpful to know a little anatomy. The arch of the foot can be thought of as having three points: one at the heel, one at the base of the big toe and one at the base of the little toe. When these three points spread out, your arch collapses. When they are brought together, your arch rises.

A better exercise for strengthening the arch is to stand so that those three points of your foot are in solid contact with the ground and then try to bring the points closer together and hold it for about 15-20 seconds, then relax. Repeat until your arches feel fatigued. Visualizing can help a lot here.

Don't strain too hard in raising your arch. If you strain to hard, you will begin to recruit the extrinsic muscles of your foot in addition to the intrinsic muscles.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By BKB on December 27, 2009
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The same exercise could be achieved by scrunching a towel with your toes, but I like the gadget. It is well designed and sturdy. I feel I get a stronger pull when I place the big toe of the other foot under the heel of the exercising foot. The lift seems to make it more efficient.

No one thing will cure plantar fasciitis--I use it along with orthotics, daily stretches and a night splint. This is not a quick fix, but I have seen a slight improvement in the relief of my PF. Best of luck to you.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Joan Prentice on December 15, 2007
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I ordered this strengthening device for my father. He suffers from planter fasciitis. He was amazed at the difference it made. He says he can now get up in the morning and walk without pain in his arch. He would recommend this product to anyone with the same problem.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By ishapiro on November 21, 2010
I bought an Archexerciser a few months ago when I developed a case of plantar fasciitis. I used it daily for several weeks, diligently following the included instructions, but found it to be no help whatsoever in treating my PF symptoms. The exercises may seem like a good idea in theory, but in practice they are nearly irrelevant to treating plantar fasciitis.

The flaws with the device are twofold: 1.) the spring is extremely weak and provides only minimal resistance, so doing 10-20 (or even 100) contractions with the toes feels like no exercise at all. 2.) Even if the resistance were high enough, the movement only activates the toe flexors (which are actually located under the large muscles of the calves) and not the small stabilizing muscles in the arch of the foot itself. These muscles are better strengthened by doing 'foot doming' exercises: [...]

If you want do exercise your toe flexors for other reasons, a much cheaper solution is simply scrunching a towel on the floor. You can add some weight on top of the towel to increase the resistance if necessary.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Shahsavar on December 9, 2008
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I like running and I have completed a few marathons in the past few years. Recently I have had pain in the ball of my feet. I got this device and a few other items and I do believe the pain is vanished after about 2 months of use (for now anyway).
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ramona Wiggins on August 8, 2007
This product really works. I am recovering from a broken big toe and soreness and tightness in my feet from walking "funny" during the healing. This helps to stretch out the tight muscles and relieve soreness. It also helps to loosen up the big toe that is healing and is stiff.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gregory W. Pedlow on January 28, 2010
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As some of the other reviews have pointed out, there are other ways to achieve the same effect - like picking up coins or pulling a towel toward you with your toes - but this tool makes the process of strengthening your arch so much easier. I find the archexerciser so useful that I am buying a second one to keep under my desk at work. I had been taking my archexerciser back and forth so that I could use it both at home and at work - it's easy to do exercises with it while working at your computer - but that is a hassle and the price is not too high, so having a second one makes life easier. As others have said, don't expect miracles overnight, but with plantar fasciitis you have to take a broad approach to healing yourself and the archexerciser is certainly a very useful tool in this process.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jeanna Thompson on July 14, 2007
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This product is really amazing, and has helped me much with my foot soreness, and tiredness due to fallen arches. I could not live without my orthotics from the podiatrist, but I still get some soreness and tiredness when on my feet alot. This product has truly helped me, and I can get through my intense workouts much better!
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