Are you prone to calf cramps? Dealing with shin splints, ankle tendonitis and plantar fasciitis? For any and all of the above, careful stretching of the lower leg can make a significant difference. If you need a little assistance in the stretching department, we have some good news: There's a simple but clever device called the Vive Foot Rocker that's ergonomically designed to stretch calf muscles and keep you flexible — ultimately reducing the risk of injury. Remarkably, this device is on sale right now for just $19 this Memorial Day weekend.
“You can use this as a stretching device if you’re at work and aren’t able to get much stretching in otherwise (and you don’t have to take your shoes off),” shared New York-based podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg. The doctor is Board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear.
The Vive Foot Rocker is beloved by more than 7,800 shoppers. One fan said: "I have Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis and this is the perfect tool for a deep stretch. I do yoga and stretch like it’s my job, but I can never quite get those soleus [aka calf] muscles to relax. If you have extremely tight calves or medical conditions like mine, this is definitely for you. It’s also great for a hamstring and glute stretch!"
Our bodies contain a labyrinth of connective tissues, tendons and muscles, with each muscle affecting the surrounding muscles. The foot is the culmination of all this intricate inter-connectedness.
This foot rocker stretches the muscles in your foot, sure, but it also relieves pain and tightness along the whole span from hips to toes. With rubber grips to support your weight evenly and safely, it's solid and strong. It won't slip. It's designed to keep your heel locked into place and your ankle stable as you stretch. If you're a football fan, you may appreciate the fact that Adam Vinatieri, one of the greatest NFL kickers of all time, stands behind this product and says it was part of his successful 24-season career.
Perhaps more important, regular people love it. " If you have plantar fasciitis, stop reading this review and buy this," wrote a reviewer. "My wife ordered this for me on a whim, and within a week my plantar fasciitis was greatly reduced, to the point where it was manageable and did not interfere with my life. The great part of this product was because I did not have to fully support my body weight on my feet stretching on the stairs, I was able to start by sitting in a chair and using this to stretch out my calves, which were so tight they were aggravating my plantars. Within a week of using this, I was able to touch my toes again and the daily pain was gone."
Use the Vive Foot Rocker before exercise, after exercise — and whenever you step out of a pair of heels (seriously — amazing relief!). Like high-quality sleep, safe stretching is whole-body care that can make a huge difference for overall health. Treat yourself right, and get rocking asap.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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