Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!! Or to everyone else not living in South Mississippi, Louisiana or Alabama, happy Tuesday. I haven’t decided if I’m going to venture out into parade land today, there’s usually too many drunk people for my taste, but I had a hard time turning down a piece of strawberry cream cheese king cake. For those of you not familiar with Mardi Gras, this link will take you to the Wikipedia page. It’s a crazy day, that’s for sure.
Ok, onto the next topic. FOOT PAIN What runner hasn’t had foot pain?
I was recently given the opportunity to review a Foot Pain Therapy Kit by Perform, you know, the makers of Biofreeze. I’ve used Perform before (post Marine Corps Marathon, it was ahhhhmazing) so I was excited to review something, really anything, of theirs. It’s like being asked to review cheesecake; no matter what kind you get, you know it’s going to be great.
Mmmmmm….cheesecake…. Sorry, I digress.
If you recall, I have been bemoaning about ‘stupid foot pain’ off and on for the past 12 weeks. Sometimes it’s just an annoying pain, sometimes it’s an ‘holy tarnation my foot is on fire’ pain. Our local running store had a ladies night recently so I asked a sports med doc who was there about some stretches to help the pain. She asked where it hurt and then casually said, “sounds like the beginning of plantar fasciitis.” SAY WHAT?!? It wasn’t an official diagnosis but it was enough to scare me. So when I found out that Perform was sending the Foot Pain Therapy Kit, I was over the moon.
Here’s what came in the kit: (Taken straight from the company’s website):
Perform Pain Relieving Roll-On (3 fl oz)
– The roller-ball delivers a gentle massage while allowing a hands-free application.
Thera-Band® Foot Roller
– Conforms to any foot and can be chilled to provide cooling pain relief during use.
– Provides relief from pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis, sore & tired feet, heels & arches.
– Clinically used and recommended exercises written by a licensed Physical Therapist.
As a side note, Perform uses cryotherapy aka “cold therapy” to deliver it’s pain relieving results. This cryotherapy is the application of cold to decrease inflammation and relieve pain.
So a few weeks ago I got to put this kit to the test after a particularly painful 18 mile run. I had ran in shoes that I knew I shouldn’t have and it resulted in intense pain. Originally, I thought I would get the most relief from the gel but let me tell you, the foot roller is magic. I think I would sell a kidney for it. (I mean I only need one functioning kidney, right?) The foot roller has the exact same ‘hurts so good’ effect that a foam roller has on your body. Plus you can pop it in the freezer and kick recovery up a notch. The cold roller plus the cold therapy of the gel is great.
When I’m not using the kit for pain relief, I use the roller and their instruction booklet for preventative measures. With the roller, I’m able to get a really intense stretch in my foot that I can feel all the way into my calves. Goodbye, “sounds like the beginning of PF,” hello, happy feet.
Wait. I didn’t mean the penguin Happy Feet; but that picture is an accurate description of how this product made me feel. The only thing that I would suggest is reading the instructions on using the roll on gel. I skipped this step and ended up clogging the roller. It fixes easily though.
The kit is really new so it’s not available just yet in stores but Perform does sell the gel (available in most drug, food and pharmacy stores) and foot roller (available online) separately; I highly recommend both of them, but especially the foot roller. Both of the products are inexpensive, too. And the great thing is that I’ve had significantly less pain with my left foot since I started using the kit. My running buddies can verify that my whining has decreased significantly – yay! 🙂 I really think it has to do with using it after each run to work the kinks out.
Want to know more about Perform? Make sure to check out their website and social media outlets. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find them at all the major expos handing out freebies – stop by and say hi!
Question: Have you ever tried cryotherapy (cold therapy)?
Disclaimer: I received a Perform Foot Therapy Kit to review; I was not compensated for this post. All of my opinions (including those about cheesecake & selling my kidney for the foot roller) are my own.