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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 (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,084 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Definitely great for strengthening the foot muscles.
T. Allen
The same exercise could be achieved by scrunching a towel with your toes, but I like the gadget.
BKB
This helps to stretch out the tight muscles and relieve soreness.
Ramona Wiggins

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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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107 of 113 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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80 of 84 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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57 of 62 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jbrm on March 4, 2012
I got this to strengthen my arch. It seems to do the job as my arch is certainly sore the next day. It is a pretty basic movement that like others have stated, could be achieved through using a towel. But I like that I can just set it under my desk and use it while I am at the computer and don't want to continuously replace the towel and scrunch it with my toes over and over again. This product does offer the benefit of added resistance, which is simply achieved by moving your foot further back so there is more tension on the spring. Over-all it was worth the investment. I try to use it everyday along with massaging the arch afterwards with a lacrosse ball.
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30 of 37 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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