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222 of 231 people found the following review helpful
I love this thing!
on July 29, 2011
I am a runner and triathlete. 25 years old, running for the last 10 years. Consistenly 35 miles a week, 45-50 miles are my longest week of the year. I got one of these balls when I started getting toe cramps and general cramps on the bottom of my feet. I also have ITBS and have been using a foam roller for 2 years with minimal ITBS flare up.
This ball saved me!!! I started using it to get rid of the toe/bottom of foot cramps. I would roll it around on the bottoms of my feet for about 5-10 minutes per foot after a run. I began to notice that my incessantly tight calves were loosening up and my ITBS needed less foam roller work.
I work in a cubical and ended up bringing this ball to work so I could use it while working. I can't recommend this tool highly enough! You should be able to get it much cheaper at your local running store (less than $5).
My advice. Start out gentle for about 1-2 minutes then increase intensity focusing on knotted areas. Make sure to get the furthest inner and outer portions of the bottom of the foot (this can be difficult at first but becomes much easier over time). Try gently flexing and pointing toes to find different areas of tightness on the bottom of your foot.
Lastly. If after using this ball you feel how I do, write a review on Amazon. This has literally saved my legs.