The Icy Feet Story

Do you suffer from foot pain, such as a shooting pain down the middle of your foot when you first step out of bed or throbbing nonstop pain after working all day standing on your feet? Does every step you take almost reduce you to tears? You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps or your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time. If you have experienced the above-mentioned symptoms you may be suffering from the most common foot problem around today, Plantar Fasciitis (say "PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus").

What is plantar fasciitis?

According to the National Institutes of Health's U.S. National Library of Medicine, plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This tissue, called the plantar fascia, connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes strained or overused, one may experience pain in their foot.

Causes and symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. You are more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you experience:

  • Foot arch problems (such as flat feet and high arches)
  • Long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces
  • Sudden weight gain or obesity
  • Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
  • Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles

Plantar fasciitis is seen in both men and women. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot. The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp, and the bottom of the foot may also ache or burn.

The pain is usually worse when you take your first steps of the day, after standing or sitting for an extended period of time, when climbing stairs, or after intense activity. The pain may develop slowly or suddenly after an activity.

What can you do?

Your health care provider will usually first recommend an over-the-counter medicine to reduce pain and inflammation. The provider may also recommend heel and foot stretching exercises, rest, and wearing shoes with good support. Also, it is often recommended to help relieve foot pain by applying ice to the painful area at least twice per day for 10-15 minutes each time. Icy Feet is a new product that offers all the benefits of ice therapy without any of the mess. It's icing made easy!

How it began

Hi, my name is Craig Snyder and for about three years now I have been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis. Like millions of Americans, I spend most of my day on my feet. For years I would go see doctors and physical therapists to try to get some sort of relief from this constant nagging pain. I was constantly soaking my feet in ice water, using frozen bags of peas, frozen paper cups, and frozen bottles of water, I had steroid injections and physical therapy, but nothing was simple and easy enough for me to use daily.

So I finally did something about it. One day as I was unpacking my daughters lunch box, I grabbed the ice pack that keeps her lunch cold and it was still cool. That got me thinking…

What if I had an ice pack like that, specifically designed to fit the bottom of my foot? I went out on a mission. I had a doctor’s appointment later that week I was going to turn the tables on my doctor.

When the doctor came in to my room I surprised him, I was sitting in his chair and I asked him to sit on the exam table. I started questioning him about the anatomy of the foot and what course of action can be taken on a regular basis with little effort to stop or control inflammation? I told him I didn’t want any more shots and then I hit him with the big question.

What if there was a contoured ice pack designed to fit your foot, would you use it?

He looked me straight in the eye and said “every day”.

I did more research, talked to all of the people “in the know” and asked many other doctors, all of who gave similar responses that my doctor had.

That day Icy Feet was born.

What is Icy Feet?

Icy Feet is a cold pack, engineered to fit your foot, featuring an exaggerated arch for constant contact where relief is needed most, a recessed heel cup so your foot can rest comfortably, a solid structure so that your foot conforms to the ice pack (versus the ice pack conforming to your foot), and two strategically placed straps so you can elevate while icing.

Icy Feet can be used to relieve foot pain daily. It is as easy as 1-2-3…

  • Place Icy Feet in freezer for two hours.
  • Take out and strap to your foot elevate foot for 20 minutes with Icy Feet on it.
  • Wash Icy Feet off with soap and water and repeat.

It is recommended to ice your feet two times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Icy feet is not designed to be worn like a shoe, so no walking around in it or driving in it, but feel free to text while wearing it!

If you are ready to be on your way to simple and easy relief, from sore, tired, and swollen feet, order a pair of Icy Feet today!

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