People who suffer with heel pain don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Why? Because those first few steps feel like you have a sharp nail in your heel. About 12 years ago I was one of those individuals.
Well, I found out that I wasn’t alone, studies show that one in every eight people with more than 3 million new people each year suffer with this problem. Although not always disabling, it does cause severe discomfort, which can effect your daily activities. After receiving treatment from two doctors and a couple of steroid shots in my heel, I decided I needed a way to eliminate those first painful morning steps and get on with my life. And as many others have found, I just couldn’t stand to wear that uncomfortable night splint boot my doctor had prescribed. I thought if I could just find a more comfortable way to hold my foot in a certain position maybe it wouldn’t hurt so bad when I got out of bed in the morning.
Using a tube sock, a piece of material, and my wife’s sewing machine, late one night I devised a crude device to hold my foot in position while sleeping. The next morning I felt a significant reduction of pain as I took those first steps out of bed. After a couple more nights wearing my “brainstorm”, the pain had almost disappeared. Not knowing how it worked just that it did, I contacted a friend who was a physical therapist and together we worked out the details and applied for a patent. Two years later, in 1995, we received a US patent (5,399,155) and FDA approval for the sale of the Strassburg SockTM.
Growth and Progress
Initial sales were to podiatrists, then in 1996 our presence on the world wide web and our sales grew, not only to medical professionals but to individual sufferers as far away as Indonesia, Australia, Europe, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Today we have a large medical base consisting of Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Sports Medicine Clinics internationally
A study was published in the July/August 2002 edition of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. The study revealed that using the Strassburg SockTM significantly reduced the recovery time for patients suffering with Plantar Fasciitis.
In 2003, Runner’s World magazine published an article detailing the results of the study and it has gone on to help thousands or runners with this common injury.
In 2004, Running Times magazine said in an injury prevention article that the Strassburg Sock, “Helps cure plantar fasciitis. More comfortable and significantly cheaper than the “boot” prescribed by most doctors.”
With these facts and the already thousands of satisfied users we are poised for significant growth by helping people everywhere relieve their heel pain.