This page is dedicated to exploring new foot and ankle products that our editors have noticed. We do not promote any of the items listed here but provide them for our visitors who may be curious.
Brand New 2013/2014 Model Qlive QL-2000 Quality Foot Calf and Ankle Massager
The QL-2000 works by kneading the calf muscles and the feet and ankles with its powerful vibrating kneading discs. The best thing about the QL-2000 is that it can massage all three of these areas simultaneously! It’s a perfect device to come home to if you’re on your feet all day. It offers three massage programs and three vibration modes, and it comes equipped with an automatic shutdown feature that deactivates the device automatically after it has been in use for fifteen minutes. Its detachable fabric cover makes cleaning easy. The new model does not appear to differ significantly from the older model previously described on our site, but it appears to be a fairly good product nonetheless.
Average Cost: $250
Warranty: One year
Where to Find Online: Amazon, eBay
Foot Vibe Vibration Massager
This massager offers a wider variety of speeds and heat levels than many of its competitors. It offers eight different heat settings and twelve levels of vibration speed. The footpad concentrates the machine’s action on pressure points where it is needed. Good for relieving aches and pains, and possibly for improving circulation. While we caution our readers not to be taken in by claims that its “powerful magnetism stimulates vital acupressure points,” (there is no evidence that magnetism has any effect on the human body whatsoever); its marketing of the “infrared heat” it produces (heat is just heat; all heat is infrared radiation); or by the manufacturer’s attempt to associate its product with the discredited pseudoscience of “reflexology,” it is still a mechanical foot massager (albeit an expensive one), and a foot massage always feels really good.
Manufacturer: U.S. Jaclean, Inc.
Average Cost: $160
Where to Find Online: Amazon
INBONE Total Ankle Replacement
This ankle replacement device is made mostly of titanium and consists of two parts—one part to anchor it within the tibia and one part to replace the talus. It was approved by the FDA in November of 2005. The manufacturer’s web site claims that the product balances stability with natural motion. Only your podiatrist will be able to tell you whether this product is right for you.
Manufacturer: Wright Technology
Cost: Cannot be determined for purposes of this article
Where to find online: manufacturer’s web site
Diabetic Accommodative Orthotics
New Step Orthotics makes these shoe inserts specifically for diabetics, who have very specific foot-care needs. These devices are specially designed to evenly distribute the pressure of weight-bearing in manner that is consistent with the need of the diabetic foot. As of this writing, New Step is offering a Diabetic Package Special—three pairs for $85 (this may be subject to change from the date of publication of this article).
Manufacturer: New Step Orthotics
Cost: as of this writing, $85 for three pairs
Where to find online: New Step Orthotics web site