The Latest Technology Designed To Increase Blood Flow and Reduce Recovery Time
Get your blood pumping. Whether you are sitting at your desk or recovering from this morning’s five mile run, there is a new technology on the market determined to massage the arch of your foot to help keep foot and leg pain abreast.
What is it? A shoe designed with an engine. Turned on by a remote, sensors recognize when your foot is resting (sitting or lying down), prompting the device to pop up and compress the foot every 30 seconds. It is designed to increase circulation with precise, cyclic pressure applied to the arch of the foot.
Footbeat is marketed as a recovery device for athletes. The idea, the technology will help endurance sports enthusiasts such as runners, bikers, and swimmers alike, gain an edge. Training is only one part of the equation for endurance athletes. Giving the body time to restore, improve, and adjust is mandatory for the next level. Footbeat believes by increasing the circulation through the lower extremities, athletes can warm up faster, or come to the aid of soreness and injury before it starts.
The technology is not limited to to one type of sport, or sports at all. Its objective to assist and maintain sufficient blood flow through the legs can provide a myriad of wellness benefits for anyone. For the 9-5 desk junkie (aka corporate America desk job) the hope is this device could improve health, even if you are stationary in your office all day.
Footbeat functions as a type of therapeutic massage for the veins, which are the blood vessels that carry blood toward the heart. The vein system tends to be less muscular than arteries, and located closer to the skin. Venous blood (deoxygenated, having done its metabolic job passing through the capillaries and offloading oxygen and nutrients to the active muscle) flows at a much lower pressure. Muscular contractions squeeze the blood, through one-way valves, back to the heart. Compression products are designed to optimize this flow.
Hospitals have been using compression boots for years to keep blood flowing to help reduce clots, swelling, and sore muscles. They are often used for the treatment in lymphedema, edema, and diabetic foot conditions such as peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers.
Can Footbeat help users achieve natural circulatory benefits of walking during periods of rest or immobility with a shoe product versus a leg boot?
Footbeat’s founder, Dr. David Mayer, a practicing orthopedic surgeon of more than 35 years, was increasingly frustrated by his patient’s resistance to using life-saving circulation enhancement devices, “We’re bringing to market a device that will transform lives through improved health and athletic recovery.”
Three out of four people struggle with some sort of injury, ailment, or disease that prevents them from being on their feet. Foot pain and leg cramps are often a major culprit, so Footbeat may be onto something.
Footbeat’s recovery kit is priced at $450.00, and includes:
-1 pair of Engines
-1 pair of Mocs
-1 pair of Insoles
-2 pairs of Socks
-1 Tote Bag
I am curious to watch their progress in the athletic setting. If you have worn Footbeat, please comment below with your experience.