The benefits of electrostimulation for the feet
Electrostimulation is an entirely natural and painless method that uses electrical impulses to strengthen muscles and soothe certain pains.
Find out how this method works and how targeted electrostimulation on the feet can effectively treat some of the most common conditions.
The principle of electrostimulation in brief
Electrostimulation is a natural process for causing muscle contraction through electrical impulses. These weak electrical currents, of varying frequencies and intensities, are generated by a device and transmitted via electrodes placed on the muscle to be targeted.
The objective of electrostimulation is to almost identically reproduce the process of the natural contraction of our muscles.
Electrotherapy has been used for many years in the medical and paramedical sector, but also in the world of sport with the following main applications:
● The relief of acute or chronic pain,
● Muscle relaxation.
The effectiveness of electrostimulation for conditions related to the feet
The foot is one of the parts of the body that we use the most in everyday life. It is therefore very common for certain conditions to develop in the feet.
Any pain felt can become very debilitating and hamper our ability to walk.
Electrostimulation helps prevent the appearance of certain conditions, strengthen the muscles of the feet and relieve the pain felt.
Promote blood circulation to prevent venous insufficiency
Venous insufficiency, also called venous stasis, is a very common condition that results in poor circulation of blood through the veins.
It mainly affects the lower limbs after a long period of inactivity. People who are more sedentary, such as the elderly or overweight, can also suffer from venous insufficiency.
If left untreated, this condition can cause blood clots to appear.
Several studies show that electrostimulation on the calves and soles of the feet significantly increases blood circulation in the veins.
Relieve the pain of a plantar aponeurosis
Plantar aponeurosis, also called plantar fasciitis, is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The latter is located on the sole of the foot and helps support the internal arch.
Inflammation of the plantar aponeurosis generally occurs in the event of significant stress, such as practicing certain sports or being overweight.
Electrostimulation sessions on the soles of the feet combined with rehabilitation care from a physiotherapist can relieve the pain felt.
Electrostimulation is a non-invasive method that effectively reduces pain by working on the nerves .
The use of an electrostimulation device on the feet in the case of hallux valgus
Hallux valgus, more commonly known as a “bunion” in the foot, is a deviation of the big toe towards the inside of the foot. It takes the form of a bony protrusion (a bump) at the big toe joint.
Without treatment, the bunion enlarges until it becomes red and painful.
Weak muscles can have a big impact on the pain experienced with a bunion. However, it is difficult to strengthen the muscles of the foot, especially in the case of painful hallux valgus.
Electrostimulation is an effective solution for strengthening foot muscle function, and therefore relieving pain. The electrical impulses transmitted to the muscle of the big toe through the electrodes make it possible to gently work the muscle.
However, electrostimulation alone does not eliminate pain. It is essential to wear orthopedic shoes with an adequate width in order to reduce the pressure exerted on the bump during walking.
Why should we take care of our feet?
The feet are one of the most stressed parts of our body on a daily basis. They allow us to walk, balance and propel ourselves during physical activity such as running.
Athletes must be particularly vigilant. They subject their feet to intense and regular stresses that can lead to injuries, infections or even deformities.
Foot pain is too often trivialized by most people. However, many complications can occur without adequate care. In case of acute or chronic pain, it is recommended to consult a health professional in order to detect the cause and to follow an adequate treatment plan.