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Elgin Archxerciser Foot Exerciser - Original

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3.9 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • 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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This listing is for the Original Archxerciser. Provides resistance for key foot exercises used in clinical rehab of the arch and foot. Improves an athlete's or dancer's jumping performance. Strengthens the foot's intrinsic and extrinsic musculature. Treats plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome. Due to sanitary reasons the Archxerciser is not returnable. Dancers, strengthen your arch and gain that competitive edge. Archxerciser provides resistance for several key foot exercises used in clinical rehab of the arch and foot. The Archxerciser brings you sore foot relief by strengthening the foot's musculature, both intrinsic and extrinsic. The Archxerciser treats a variety of common foot ailments including plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome. The Archxerciser has a variety of applications. The Archxerciser is useful for treating the foot and ankle after surgery. It also improves an athlete's jumping performance and acts as a preventative aid against sore feet for those who stand for extended periods of time. The Original Archxerciser is made entirely in the United States of America.

Product Details

Color: Original
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2 x 3.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000FOPCWM
  • UPC: 095614882838 664471000015 010315425528 782794894002
  • Item model number: 005-FED1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,830 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)

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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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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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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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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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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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Color: Original
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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I have suffered from Plantar Fasciitis for years. I also suffered from horrible cramps in the arches of my feet while exercising (I actually had to quit going to spin class because of it). I took a chance and bought this arch exerciser. After a few weeks of using it faithfully I am completely pain free! I no longer suffer from the cramps in my arches and have returned to spin class! I continue to use the arch exerciser because like any other muscle you do have to continue the therapy or the problem will return. I only use it a couple times per week now or when I feel my arches stiffen.
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Color: Original
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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