If like me, you’ve experienced heel and arch pain from repeated bouts of Plantar Fascia inflammation, then you’ve probably tried a variety of treatments and ways to get rid of Plantar Fasciitis.
Well, you’re in luck as in this Alleviate Therapy review I’m sharing my experience of using their arch brace, massage tool, and exercise program to fix my own lingering PF issues.
Let me know if this sounds familiar to you: For a long time now, I’ve been trying to fix that heel pain that so many of us runners (and hikers) suffer from, only to find it flares up when you get back to being active, and running for longer and further once more.
There are already many ways to treat plantar fasciitis out there, including shoes, custom orthotics, inserts, special sandals, socks, night splints, and bulky boots and braces.
By the way, if you’re suffering from Achilles tendinitis right now too, or it’s something that comes and goes, read my How To Recover From Achilles Heel Pain guide next to learn how I fix that issue quickly.
Taping up your foot arches using kinesiology tape is another popular method used to help alleviate that pain in your heel – perhaps you’ve tried this yourself already.
However, all of those ‘fixes’ don’t really solve the problem of why you get that heel pain in the first place, they just help ease it, temporarily.
So frustrating when you want it to go away so you can get back to running, hiking, or simply being able to get out of bed in the morning and be able to walk without heel painT
So, how do you get rid of the heel pain for good?
Well, seeing a doctor or PT would be a good start, of course.
As well as easing the pain so you can recover, you need to fix your feet and strengthen your feet and lower legs to help prevent it from coming back to hurt you in the future.
If you want to try and fix plantar fasciitis issues yourself, then Alleviate Therapy’s brace and massage products may just be what you’re looking for.
If you would like to learn more about Plantar Fasciitis because you think you may have it, head over to read this helpful article on Alleviate’s website.
About Alleviate’s System For Plantar Fasciitis
The Alleviate Therapy system is made up of three parts:
- A plantar fasciitis brace (the ‘Loft Brace’) to support your arches and alleviate the pain immediately
- A foot arch massager for plantar fasciitis that you can use to massage your sore heels and arches
- An online series of progressive exercises for plantar fasciitis to help strengthen your feet with the goal to stop getting this pain for good.
To really benefit from the system, choose a bundle that includes a brace and massager, which you can select for either, or both feet: See Alleviate Therapy’s pricing on their website.
The exercises, which are key to long-term success and foot strengthening, are free when you buy any Alleviate product.
Alleviate’s ‘Loft’ Arch Support Brace
If you’ve tried other treatments, then you may already be familiar with foot taping as a way to provide an arch support brace to help with the pain and mobility.
The problem with taping such as kinesiology taping is that you can’t always do it yourself, and you may not be able to get a professional ‘tape job’ done regularly.
Enter Alleviate’s Loft Brace.
Alleviate’s Founder, Luke Ferdinands (a Physical Therapist, by the way), worked with a former Nike shoe designer to create the Loft, a brace that mimics the support of an expert tape job.
The Loft’s three key components work together to provide relief by unloading the stress on your plantar fascia.
- The Dial Lacing System has a precise fit, with laces that act as a suspension bridge, lifting the arch for immediate pain relief.
- The Arch Plate is anatomically designed to adapt to the structure of your foot but still allow for flex.
- The Heel Pad creates extra cushioning for the part of your foot that can hurt the most.
Unlike other arch braces, the Loft brace is made from breathable materials and also fits in most shoes, with or without socks, and with or without an existing orthotic, if you use one.
To see how the Alleviate Loft brace looks when worn inside my running shoes, check out the images in the image gallery at the end of this review.
The Alleviate Foot Arch Massager
One of the best foot massage tools I’ve come across, the geometry of the Alleviate Arch Massager is precision-engineered to help you massage painful spots at home.
This isn’t trying to make do and make a difference with a golf or lacrosse ball.
This foot massage tool is actually designed so that you’re able to work on your arch and heel with the same amount of pressure created by the type of steel soft tissue massage tools that a PT or sports massage professional may use on you (known as Graston Therapy, or IASTM).
You can use it sitting or standing, and when folded up it fits in your hand and can easily be stashed in a gym or kit bag and taken with you if you need it when on the road.
The point of this massage is to apply pressure to the sole of your foot and break up scar tissue from Plantar Fasciitis around your foot arch, which can make it weak and inflexible.
This is basically one of the reasons the pain keeps recurring, so it needs to go!
It will mostly feel a little painful as you massage, but it should be a good kind of pain. This is normal, just don’t overdo it.
Alleviate’s Arch Massage Program: Plantar Fasciitis Exercises
Included for free with the purchase of any Alleviate Therapy product, their Arch Exercise Program can be accessible on mobile (using their app) and desktop.
The Arch Exercise Program walks you through a progression of simple, research-backed exercises to build strength and stability throughout your arch, foot, ankle, and leg.
Working through these plantar fasciitis exercises is key to working towards preventing the injury that causes the pain in the first place.
With stronger feet and legs, as well as the right running shoes and a sensible approach to your run training, the objective is that plantar fasciitis pain will become a thing of the past!
Cost and where to buy Alleviate’s Braces and Arch Massager
Alleviate’s products are available to buy directly from alleviatetherapy.com, with the whole system costing $145 (for one foot), while the arch massaging tool alone costs just $50.
With the company’s returns policy, if you don’t love it or get the results you wanted then you can return the tools and get your money back.
So it’s totally worth a try to see if these tools can help you, risk-free – just give the system some time and consistent use as described in the video tutorials.
For a long-term solution to a very annoying running injury, this is a very reasonable price to pay and we hope you also find it helpful if you choose to buy their products for yourself.
It’s also great to know that you can use your HSA/FSA to pay for the Alleviate Therapy arch brace and foot massage tools, making this a tax-efficient healthcare purchase.
Alleviate offers free shipping in the contiguous United States for all orders over $100.