Let me start by saying that I don't believe those gimmicky "as seen on TV" products. But someone the husband works with got a "Bionic band" and claimed it did wonders for the pain in his shoulder, and when I was visiting my parents a few weeks ago, I found out that my dad had one, so I figured I'd try it.
See, in the fall of 2009 I was doing a lot of printing and spent many hours standing on one leg while using the other to operate the press treadle. As a result, I ended up with a horrible heel spur on my left foot and a moderately bad one on my right foot. I tried a custom pair of orthotics but they provided little relief. I took Advil by the handful until I got pregnant, and then I had to suck it up and hobble around. By September last fall, the pain in my foot was so bad that my usual 2-mile daily walk with Sadie was limited to me standing in place and throwing a frisbee for her. I finally decided to get a cortisone shot in my foot. It was phenomenal, and finally my foot was pain free again.
Near the end of my pregnancy the pain started to come back, but I didn't get another shot, hoping that once I lost the pregnancy weight the pain would get a little better. Three weeks after Lachlan arrived, I had lost all the weight but the pain was still there and slowly getting worse. I was going to get another cortisone shot when I got back from my parents' house, but I decided to try my dad's Bionic band first. Although my foot is still a little achy and stiff at the end of a long day on my feet, after wearing the band for about three weeks I am still virtually pain free while walking and standing.
I'm a little dumbfounded over how it works. They say it is "proton alignment resonance technology," whatever that means... I'm curious if any of you have ever tried a bionic band (or other similar product) and if you have had any success with it. And if anyone can explain to me how it has helped me, I'm really curious to know!