I have plantar fasciitis in both feet, and this is the item that helps me most. I first isednin at physical therapy, and was so happy when I found out I could get my own. I can go from not being able to walk, to walking normally in a matter of minutes. I need to stretch first thing in the morning, so I can use this in the kitchen while I am making tea. It only takes a few minutes.<br />There are other stretches you can do without equipment, but I don’t like doing them. I like using this which means I will do it more often. This is the easiest and quickest. The double was more expensive, but well worth it. I hesitated a long time on spending the money on it, but as soon as I got it, I was ecstatic! I felt I got a better stretch immediately. I have a single prostretch which I also love, but the double is better. Perhaps it’s more stable and I stand differently on a double. I am very adept on the single, but maybe I relax differently on this. It also saves time in that I can do both calves at same time.<br />I asked my physical therapist the recommended time to stretch. She told me 30 second hold time. She further explained that they have done studies on holding for 20 seconds and 40 seconds, but 30 seconds is the optimal time for holding any stretch. No more, no less.<br />I looked in the booklet that came with the stretcher and it also says 30 seconds, so I use my iPhone timer and just keep resetting in for every stretch to make sure I get the optimal time.<br />You can use other stretching means, but standing and allowing your heel to drop gradually with your weight behind it is just easier to me than using a yoga strap or stretching against a wall. I don’t have to use any other body part.<br />I work on an airplane, and I carry the single in my travel bag. I can stretch standing up so I don’t need any space at all to do it. I can stretch while waiting in an airport. When I am home, I bring it in my car and stretch at the dog park while my dog is running around, or anytime I have to wait somewhere. I need to stretch throughout the day, so I try to incorporate it into things.<br />I really love this thing!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]