AirHeel Small Men 4-7 US, 3.5-6.5 UK, 35.5-39 EU Women 5-8 US, 2.5-5.5 UK, 35-38.5 EU
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- Shoe Size: Small
- Men 4-7 US, 3.5-6.5 UK, 35.5-39 EU Women 5-8 US, 2.5-5.5 UK, 35-38.5 EU
- An effective modality for the dynamic functional treatment of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis
- Can be used for right or left foot
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With each step, the Aircast AirHeel provides intermittent compression through an aircell under the plantar arch interacting with an aircell surrounding the Achilles tendon. These air-cells produce pulsating compression during ambulation that helps minimize swelling and discomfort and provides rapid pain relief.
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I wear a size 12.5 2e shoe and have flat feet with very little arch. I wear top notch shoes from New Balance, specifically with proper stabilization and caters to flat feet. I've had a achillies tendonosis issue the past few months and am working through it. I figured this is just another tool to aid in the rehabilitation.
Boy was I wrong. Putting them on is easy enough and sizing of the large was ample. Then put on shoes and I immediately thought "Uh oh". The air bladder in the bottom is right on the arch.
Well, I had to give them a good try. So I did my yard work, but after a half hour my arch's hurt so bad I had to take them off. You cannot jam arch support into a foot that has almost no arch. These also didn't help with the plantar nor achillies. I'm better off with nothing and just dealing with the little bit of pain. I think it is very strange to have the air support jamming into the foot arch.
One caution: If you walk around a lot with the Aircast on, you're slightly throwing your body out of alignment because it lifts your right side a bit. I tend to get a light of tightness and cramping in my right side, and wearing the Aircast exacerbated that. So I had to take a few days off to allow my right side to loosen up. Others may not have this problem at all. But we're leaving on a trip that will entail lots of walking, so I've bought a second one and will wear it on my good foot so my body will be even. This is a consideration for people who have back issues, etc.
One more point: there's a place in the back where a thin plastic liner sticks out and can rub annoyingly--even painfully--into your Achilles tendon. I took a small scissors and cut out the offending and unnecessary plastic. Took two minutes and now it's fine.
Some reviewers have complained of the device deflating. I've been wearing it for weeks, and no such problem.
If you've got plantar fasciitis, run (gently), don't walk, to get one of these!
-Immediate relief on with my plantar fasciitis and my Achilles.
-easy to put on and take off
-you can feel it working
- plastic edges where the air pouches were fused together cut my skin until the became flexible (1 week). Could easily be fixed with another piece of fabric sewn around the ankle pouch.
- popped the day after the warranty expired. (31 days)
- can be trouble fitting into tighter shoes or boots with thick socks
- must align it dead center of your Achilles and foot for maximum effectiveness.
I will order again and adjust my rating depending on how the new one works