Why The DorsiFLEX3 ?
The DorsiFLEX3 is an innovative physical therapy rehabilitation product proven essential effective for treatment and prevention of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, calf injuries, knee injuries and other injuries of the leg, lower leg and foot due to calf flexibility and limited ankle mobility.
The DorsiFLEX3 employs unique, patented design concepts allowing a fully adjustable, customized stretch of all muscle groups in the lower leg and foot. These concepts are:
- Adjustable Windlass Mechanism.
- Multi-planar stretching in sagittal, medial, and lateral planes of the foo.
- Controlled, measurable, repeatable, leveraged, weigh-bearing stretching.
U.S. Patent 9,364,382 issued June 14, 2016 for “Multi-planar device for stretching portions of a foot and lower leg.” https://www.google.sc/patents/us9364382
In 1991, a simple stretching device to address a severe case of plantar fasciitis was patented. The product, The FootFlex, was an adjustable toe-plate operating in the sagittal plane only. Over 2000 units were sold over a 5-year period before the patent and trademark were sold. During the time, a physician mentioned a modification to allow for stretching in all the planes in which the foot functions (medial, lateral, sagittal) would be utilized extensively by physical therapists everywhere. In August 2012, we began the development of the DorsiFLEX3, a stretching device that employs the Windlass Mechanism of biomechanics that would function in the three planes of the foot.
Upon beginning the project, research and investigation found no product utilizing an adjustable Windlass Mechanism in the different planes of the foot. We also found advances in positioning the foot to stretch the lower leg and foot had not appeared to progress much beyond what was being promoted in the mid-1990’s. However, research showed many treatments showing people employing the Windlass Mechanism by pulling on their toes in an unleveraged position with their hands and arms while attempting to stretch the arch of the foot. We found may efforts to implement the Windlass Mechanism is awkward and uncomfortable positions. We believe plantar fasciitis suffers would be receptive to a rehabilitation product that provides correct biomechanical stretching positions of the foot and leg, employing the Windlass Mechanism, operate in the three planes of the foot, that is controlled, measurable, repeatable, leveraged, weight-bearing, and adjustable.