HEEL N TOE

Overview

 

The Heel n Toe is designed to reduce muscle tension in the undersurface of the foot.  By reducing the tension through the arch, medial and lateral borders, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with common foot ailments.  These include plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, heel pain, and general foot aches.  

Set the Beartrap up with two cones at the uppermost part of the hoop.  

    1. Place the hoop of the Beartrap around the sole of the foot with the Beartrap logo facing upwards.
    2. Grab both handles with each hand and pull towards the body whilst also add small circular movements.
    3. Change the width of the handles to adjust the position of cones on the foot.
    4. For a less intense treatment use the balls instead of the cones.
    5. This exercise can be performed seated in a chair,  long sitting or lying on the back with your foot in the air.

Overview

 

The Heel n Toe is designed to reduce muscle tension in the undersurface of the foot.  By reducing the tension through the arch, medial and lateral borders, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with common foot ailments.  These include plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, heel pain, and general foot aches.  

Set the Beartrap up with two cones at the uppermost part of the hoop.  

    1. Place the hoop of the Beartrap around the sole of the foot with the Beartrap logo facing upwards.
    2. Grab both handles with each hand and pull towards the body whilst also add small circular movements.
    3. Change the width of the handles to adjust the position of cones on the foot.
    4. For a less intense treatment use the balls instead of the cones.
    5. This exercise can be performed seated in a chair,  long sitting or lying on the back with your foot in the air.

Treatment Techniques

 

Positions

– Dorsiflexion: toes pointing upward.

– Plantarflexion: toes pointing downward

 

Dorsiflex and Plantarflex the toes

– Perform the movements while continually moving the toes by dorsiflexing (toes up) and plantarflexing (toes down).  This creates shortening and lengthening effects on the toe muscles during treatment. This creates intermittent and varied treatment along the length of the muscles.

Anatomy

 

The muscles of the foot can be divided into 3 areas. Muscles of the big toe, muscles of the little toe and muscles in the centre of the foot.

 

Big toe muscles: 

These are a group of 3 muscles that include abductor hallucis, adductor hallucis (oblique and transverse heads) and flexor hallucis (brevis and longus). They act to move the big toe side to side and also plantarflex (point down) the big toe. They can also assist with the tension of the plantar arch and are primarily located within the inner border on the bottom of the foot.

 

Little toe muscles:  

Made up of two muscles, flexor digiti minimi and abductor digiti minimi.  These muscles act to support the arch and plantarflex (point down) the little toe. They are primarily located on the outer border on the bottom of the foot.

 

Central muscles:

Flexor digitorum brevis muscle is positioned centrally and most superficially, and it acts to plantarflex (point down) the 3 middle toes.  It originates from the calcaneus and inserts onto phalanges 2-4.

Recommended Exercise Program

Self-treatment of the muscular system creates micro-damage and micro-tears within the muscle.  This is completely normal and helps the muscle relax, increases blood flow and improves overall function. Working out in the gym or performing exercise also creates these micro-tears and damage to the body in the hope that the body will respond positively by increasing strength, improving endurance and increasing power (speed + strength).  This is all dependent on what type of stimulus you provide. The side effect of creating micro-tearing and micro-damage is that it can create post-treatment soreness (pain following treatment or soreness over the following days).

Start off with a modest amount of treatment and see how the body responds.  Build up as the body allows.

If the pain on the post-treatment soreness is significant, give the muscle another day or two to recover before continuing further treatment.  However, if the following day, the muscle feels much better and only mild amounts of post-treatment soreness exist, then increase the timeframe or pressure of treatment.

 

Biofeedback

Muscular biofeedback is the body’s amazing ability to provide instantaneous feedback to the brain about which muscles are tight and where the treatment needs to be focused.  As massage creates micro-tears and micro-damage, the sensation is experienced as pain. The tighter the muscle, the more tearing or damage occurs and the pain sensation feels greater in this area.  Conversely, if the muscle is not as tight, there is less pain experienced when treating the muscle. Biofeedback is a great way to determine which muscles are tight and what areas need more work.

Recommended Exercise Program

Self-treatment of the muscular system creates micro-damage and micro-tears within the muscle.  This is completely normal and helps the muscle relax, increases blood flow and improves overall function. Working out in the gym or performing exercise also creates these micro-tears and damage to the body in the hope that the body will respond positively by increasing strength, improving endurance and increasing power (speed + strength).  This is all dependent on what type of stimulus you provide. The side effect of creating micro-tearing and micro-damage is that it can create post-treatment soreness (pain following treatment or soreness over the following days).

Start off with a modest amount of treatment and see how the body responds.  Build up as the body allows.

If the pain on the post-treatment soreness is significant, give the muscle another day or two to recover before continuing further treatment.  However, if the following day, the muscle feels much better and only mild amounts of post-treatment soreness exist, then increase the timeframe or pressure of treatment.

 

Biofeedback

Muscular biofeedback is the body’s amazing ability to provide instantaneous feedback to the brain about which muscles are tight and where the treatment needs to be focused.  As massage creates micro-tears and micro-damage, the sensation is experienced as pain. The tighter the muscle, the more tearing or damage occurs and the pain sensation feels greater in this area.  Conversely, if the muscle is not as tight, there is less pain experienced when treating the muscle. Biofeedback is a great way to determine which muscles are tight and what areas need more work.

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