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Elgin Archxerciser Foot Exerciser - Original
- THE ELGIN ORIGINAL ARCHXERCISER PROVIDES resistance for key foot exercises used in clinical rehab of the arch and foot.
- OFFERS RELIEF FROM SORE FEET by strengthening the foots intrinsic and extrinsic musculature.
- TREATS A VARIETY OF COMMON FOOT ailments including plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome.
- USEFUL FOR TREATING THE FOOT and ankle after surgery and acts as a preventative aid against sore feet for those who stand for extended periods.
- SHIN SPLINTS AND KNEE PAIN could be caused by your weak feet.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've used this a total of 15min max and it broke. Don't get it, it's an absolute waste of money. I want a refund!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Machine is not adjustable which is disappointing. It is good for light toe grip exercise though my arch is not worked to the extent I would like. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am a dance teacher, my students use these to strengthen arches. Great little contraption.Published 1 month ago by renaissance woman
This really helped me. I only had to use it a month or two and have not had any more problems.Published 1 month ago by Bertrand Playe
Sent it back. Didn't do anything for me. But they were very nice and took it back.Published 1 month ago by David Wright
This is a very mediocre product. It's a bit of a hassle to use. While easily used for the big toe (and nearby toes, to an extent) it's more difficult to work the smaller toes and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul S.
It's a versatile tool in terms of size of the foot using it. I would really like it more if the tension was able to be altered but overall I like it.Published 4 months ago by NcDavid
At home physical therapy, post -surgery. Consistent work will yield results.I use it in the morning and again in the evening. Improved foot strength noted by physician.Published 5 months ago by Mermaid222