on Common Foot Problems
- The plantar fascia is the muscle group that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. It serves as our “suspension system,” and works really well when walking on sand, grass, gravel, and dirt. It gets insufficient use when we walk on hard floors and in shoes, and becomes stiff and tense.
- When a stiff & tense tendon is extended, it cannot stretch enough so it starts to tear (usually away from the heel), causing a painful infl ammation (plantar fasciitis). The pain is most intense when getting out of bed, or out of the car after a long drive.
- The body will try to fix the tear by depositing calcium at the site. This becomes the heel spur.
- You need to get the muscles strong and fl exible again. The best solution is either spending the rest of your life barefoot on sand, grass, or wearing a fl exible orthotics (such as NanoTech Foot Liberator) which will exercise your tendons and muscles.
Sometimes, the big toe angles outwards towards the middle of the foot and second toe. This forces the top of the first metatarsal to protrude from the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. If this happens, a painful bunion (protruding joint) can form when the bones become misaligned.
The exact causes of bunions are not known, but using badly fitted shoes is believed to make the condition more acute.
- Wearing shoes with adequate toe-room is crucial. Overly taut front straps on sandals will also pull the big toe inward. Avoid using shoes that crowd the toes!
- To correct bunion problems, grip your big toe of the left foot with your right hand as you pull the toe away from the 2nd toe slowly and gently. At the same time, with the left hand, press the joint in with your thumb. You must use pressure OUT on the toe and IN on the joint.
- Rotate the big toe clockwise 30 seconds, then anti-clockwise 30 seconds.
- Do this for both feet. Repeat every other day for 12 to 18 months.
- Hammer toe relates to a common deformity of the foot in which either the second, third, or fourth toe is flexed at the middle joint, so that the tip of the toe is bent downward while the middle of the toe is slanted upward resembling a hammer. Hammer toe deformities are the most common affl iction of the small toes.
- When a hammer toe fi rst forms, it can be eased back into its natural position. If not corrected, a hammer toe may become
Treating Hammer Toes
- Put your thumb on your toes and your finger under the ball of your foot. Push down with your thumb. Slowly bend your toes forward. Try to get them under the ball of your foot.
- Push each toe IN and twist. Pull each toe OUT and twist. This exercises the inner muscles and tendons.
- Reach down while standing, and grasp each toe to straighten it out. Use your fingers to actually stretch the toe muscles and tendons that have contracted.
For Effective Use Of NanoTech Foot Liberator
- If your shoes have substantial inbuilt arch support (most don’t), replace the lining with a flat insole, or cut off the protrusion from the shoe’s insole. A flat base is essential for the NanoTech Foot Liberator to work.
- Remember, the NanoTech Foot Liberator is a tool, not a crutch. The longer you wear it, the healthier your feet.
- Change shoes. Do not wear the same pair two days running. This is best for your feet, and for your shoes.
- Buy shoes that fi t well. They must not crowd the toes, or compress the widest part of your feet.
- For extra cushioning, place a fl at insole beneath the NanoTech Foot Liberator.
- Clean the NanoTech Foot Liberator monthly with warm water and dish washing detergent
- Restore the NanoTech Foot Liberator each month by bending them backwards, heel to toe. This will increase the height of the arch, and renew the “bounce.”
- Using your NanoTech Foot Liberator with sandals: To prevent the NanoTech Foot Liberator from slipping out the back of open-heeled shoes fi x it in place with self-adhesive tape provided.
Important Supplementary Information
- Your old shoes may have been stretched and enlarged by your feet. Because of this, most people fi nd they have more room inside the shoe after inserting the NanoTech Foot Liberator. However, while roomy shoes are good for your feet, they could cause your feet to slide out at the heels. To prevent this, insert heel grips (you will not experience this with well-fi tted new shoes).
- In open-heeled shoes and sandals, use adhesive (double sided tape) to prevent your NanoTech Foot Liberator from slipping out, or place the NanoTech Foot Liberator inside your socks or stockings.
- The NanoTech Foot Liberator fi ts most shoes without modifi cation. However, some (e.g. sport shoes) may already have a large medial arch support. REMOVE the shoe’s arch (by tearing or cutting it out), or remove the entire insole, and replace it with a fl at insert. The NanoTech Foot Liberator MUST sit fl at and without any sideways tilt (a low, soft arch, need not be removed).
- The NanoTech Foot Liberator arch supports are excellent for nearly all sporting activities — READY your feet fi rst. Follow the adaptation period recommended above.
- When buying new shoes, try them with the NanoTech Foot Liberator to make sure they are comfortable, and that the shoes are large enough to allow proper circulation. We suggest you do not buy new shoes until your feet have adapted to the NanoTech Foot Liberator.
- The NanoTech Foot Liberator will not cause irritation, sweating, or foot odour. Simply wash it occasionally in warm water, using a mild dish washing detergent, and dry it thoroughly before re-use.
- Excessive heat will damage the NanoTech Foot Liberator. Do not boil or microwave them, and do not expose them to temperatures above 50ºC.
- The NanoTech Foot Liberator will normally maintain its arch over many years. For some heavy-footed people the arch may seem to flatten. If it does, simply bend the NanoTech Foot Liberator backwards (heel to toe) several times. This will raise the arch and restore the natural spring. Don’t be concerned about breaking them, they are guaranteed!
- Keep your NanoTech Foot Liberator away from dogs. The guarantee does not cover damage caused by dog bites