Susan Nielsen creator of ThermaWedge® to help treat Plantar Fasciitis
For those who are on their feet for long hours may be prone to getting Plantar Fasciitis as well as runners or athletes in training. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation or micro-tears in the thick connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.
Q: Tell us your role with ThermaWedge® and how did your idea begin?
A: I created and launched ThermaWedge® out of the necessity for a complete solution for Plantar Fasciitis. Heel pain is real pain, and there was nothing in the market that combined all the treatments recommended by doctors for that condition.
I spend most of my life on my feet. A few years ago (after a night of dancing) when I stepped out of bed in the morning I felt a stabbing, burning pain in my heel. It was Plantar Fasciitis, an extremely painful condition that affects the ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes. It strikes one in ten people and can last for months. I tried all the recommended wall and floor stretches, tennis balls, pulling on towels, etc. but they just weren’t working for me.
I refused to be sidelined by Plantar Fasciitis. Innovation was needed, so I developed and patented the ThermaWedge® device. Helping people with this amazing device has been my passion ever since!
Q: How does it treat Plantar Fasciitis?
A: Rehabilitation from Plantar Fasciitis involves targeted stretching of the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon, and the plantar fascia. ThermaWedge® is the complete, all-in-one solution to Plantar Fasciitis, as it combines all of these stretches in one easy to use the device. It is lightweight, portable and can be used at home or discreetly at work.
It is recommended by physicians, podiatrists, physiotherapists and chiropractors as their go-to treatment device, as it involves all of the foot and leg muscles needed for injury prevention and rehabilitation. ThermaWedge’s padded heel and cooling gel provide instant relief to the burning, inflamed heel. The warming gel pad increases circulation prior to the activity. The calf stretching wedge allows the angle to be gently adjusted to the user’s comfort level. The natural cork roller provides a full outstretch of the plantar fascia, as does the toe dorsiflexion feature. The beveled end of the cork is used for Thai stick pressure massage and a gentle but effective cross-friction massage.
Q: Who is it for?
A: ThermaWedge® is essential for anyone who suffers from their life halted by the pain and frustration of Plantar Fasciitis. It can also be used as a preventative measure and tension relief for people who spend a lot of time on their feet with footwear that doesn’t prevent micro-tearing of the plantar fascia. We see a lot of runners, servers, teachers, dancers, flight attendants, basketball players, nurses… no one is immune!
Q: Is it for someone who doesn’t have it – can it help pretreat or on the onset of Plantar Fasciitis?
A: Daily stretching of the feet and calf muscles is vital. The convenience of ThermaWedge® stretching makes compliance easy, as it can be done anywhere while sitting or standing.
You will see ThermaWedge® in dance and pilates studios, under the desks of teachers and lawyers, in restaurant and nursing stations, in dental and retail lunchrooms, and in chiropractic and athletic therapy clinics. I have one in my kitchen and use it while making dinner.
Q: Can you take it traveling?
A: Yes! Photos are coming in of ThermaWedge® all over the world! It weighs less than half a pound, so travelers easily take it in their carry on bag to use on long flights and in airports for instant relief. If you have limited room in your purse or bag, the natural cork roller alone can give a great workout. It is environmentally sustainable, weighs next to nothing, and won’t damage flooring or stockings as do plastic rollers.
Q: What has the feedback been like?
A: ThermaWedge® has been featured in several international sports medicine conferences and is endorsed by medical practitioners throughout Canada and the USA. Clinical studies have been conducted, and the results are being published in a respected medical journal. The user feedback has been phenomenal!