Monday, May 27, 2013


I love my BOSU balance trainer.  The workouts are tough, I get super sweaty, and it's really fun.

But the main reason I love it so much is that it seems to have fixed my foot issues.  About two years ago, I was having some major pain in my heels when I woke up in the morning and when I moved from a seated position to walk anywhere (at work or at home).  I went to the doctor afraid that I had a tear in my Achilles tendon.  I did not, just some inflammation, and going from a relaxed position to stretching the tendon when I moved was what was causing the pain.  I was prescribed more frequent stretching, especially right before bed, and I was to take an Aleve every night to help with the inflammation.  This helped, but I still had minor pain when I woke up.  I could at least walk and not shuffle to the bathroom, but it was still noticeable.

A few months ago, I splurged on the BOSU to add some variety to my workouts, and with the first workout, I thought I had wasted my money because my feet hurt so much during the workout: the balls of my feet, my arches, everything.  But I tried another workout a few days later, and my feet hurt less during it, and eventually not at all.  And then I realized that my feet didn't hurt AT ALL when I woke up in the morning.  I think with the strength I have built in the muscles in my feet (that I didn't realize needed strengthening) that any stress I was putting on other muscles and tendons has been relieved.

So when the ball developed a small tear near the base that I couldn't fix, I splurged again and bought another.  Now that the pain is gone, and I know the BOSU helped, there's no way I was going to go without.  And we will be going to San Francisco in a couple weeks, and I can't wait to be able to actually walk around a lot without having to suck it up and deal with pain during it.  So I have a few BOSU workouts scheduled for myself in the next couple of weeks to make sure of that.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I have that exact pain in my feet. I thought it was onset of some old age thing brought on by years of dancing and now sitting at a desk all day. All I know is that it is painful. I will look into the BOSU now. (and try Aleve at night along with stretching) :) Feeling hopeful now!