Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common ailments of the distance runner. Often starting as simple foot tightness, it gradually reaches a point where it can be debilitating and prevent you from taking a single step without experiencing excruciating pain. Thankfully though, it’s rather easy to prevent. Apart from managing increases in training volume/intensity and wearing the correct footwear, one of the best things you can do is massage your feet. Now that might sound pretty simple, but how many of us actually take the time to get stuck into our hooves each evening, or have the energy to inflict some serious pressure on them using our hands. The best solution is to use your bodyweight and be able to perform some self-massage while watching TV and on the comfort of ya couch, which brings me to the R3.
This little gadget has been specifically designed to tackle the issue of tight plantar fascia, that said it can also be used on other spots like forearms and gluts. But for the sake of this review I’m more concerned about how it helps my feet. The design means you can target the inside, outside and centre of your foot, as opposed to the good old golf ball that only gets into the middle. The shape is intuitive in that it is suited to pretty much any foot and allows you to really get stuck into every nook and cranny without it slipping out. What’s more the soft rubber offers enough friction and pressure to do the job, but isn’t so hard it dents your floorboards when you roll round on it, plus it’s rather grippy so there’s no sliding out. One final thing worth mentioning is that it’s compact in design so you can pop it into your work bag and use it while sitting at your desk, or take it away when travelling.
We all spend a lot of time and money on our running, so what’s a little bit extra to help keep us injury free?!
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