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Ice Your Feet With Icy Feet

Icy Feet (Product Review): For Icing Your Feet (What else did you think?)

This is the latest installment in the Casual Runner Team’s look at products that can help you in your own Casual Running journey. For a look at our other product reviews, just click here

CR Tip: If you are in need of some cooling therapy, you may want to compare this product review to Jennifer’s review of Dr. Cool Wraps to see what works best for you.

5What?

Icy Feet is a foot-shaped cold pack for pain or soreness in the bottom of your feet.  The design is fairly simple: a freezer pack with Velcro straps to secure them onto your feet.  The company sells left and right foot Icy Feet separately (one for your left foot, one for your right), or as a pair at a slight discount.

Why?

Feet are one of, if not the, most important parts of a Casual Runner and rightfully deserve attention when pain or soreness arises, lest a far more serious problem develop.  Icy Feet are specifically designed for your feet to treat or manage pain or soreness on the bottom of your feet.  If you have had problems with your feet before, Icy Feet may be a worthwhile investment.

4Who?

Icy Feet are good for the Casual Runner with problems on the bottom of his or her feet.  The company specifically markets the product for treating pain arising from plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, inflammation, muscle strains, cramping, heel spurs, throbbing, bruised sesamoids, or any other pain-causing condition that develops on the bottom of your feet.  On the other hand, those with issues in other parts of their body (such as ankles, shins or knees, just to list a few examples) may want to look at regular cold packs or other products.

Where?

In one respect, where is a question with an obvious answer: where do you wear Icy Feet?  On your feet of course!

2Awful puns and homophones aside, you should wear Icy Feet any place that you would otherwise be using an ice pad.  The company warns that you should not walk around with Icy Feet on.  I did not extensively test whether they were sound enough to walk in, but I would not recommend it.  After all, you are presumably using Icy Feet for a foot-related injury, so why risk aggravating it by improperly using the product designed to make you feel better?

When?

Icy Feet should not be used for more than twenty minutes at a time.  The company recommends following a twenty on, twenty off rotation: remove the cold pack after twenty minutes of use, and leave it off for twenty minutes until putting it back on again.

How?

3Like other cold pack products, Icy Feet are pre cooled in your freezer prior to use.  The company does not say for how long Icy Feet need to cool before use, so I suspect this is determined by user’s comfort.  I found that it was ready to use after three hours in the freezer.  Although a shorter time may work, I think that someone popping Icy Feet in the freezer overnight would be best for having Icy Feet ready to use.

Icy feet attach to your feet through the use of two Velcro straps affixed over the bridge of your feet.  The two straps hold the Icy Feet in place as it cools your sore feet.  Note: the company warns against using a frozen Icy Feet directly on the skin and recommends using its product with socks.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?

A big positive of this product is how it is a clever solution to the deceptively tricky problem of how to ice your feet.

Typically, if you had the need to ice the bottom of your feet, you would be required to either rest your feet on a cold pack or hold the pack to the bottom of your feet.  The former does you no good if you want to elevate your legs; the latter requires some contorting of your body so your arms can hold the cold pack in place against the bottom of your foot.  Neither is ideal.

1What I really like about Icy Feet is that it completely solves this problem with convenient straps to fasten the cold pack to the bottom of your feet.  Whether you want to sit with your feet on the ground as you would in a chair, or recline on your back and have your legs up, the cold pack will be held against your foot either way.  Icy Feet afford you the freedom to sit how you’d like to when recovering.

One thing I would recommend with this product is buying both a left and a right foot cold pack if you experience soreness in both feet.  Icy Feet include an upward arch support on the cold pack that corresponds with where the arch on your foot appears (so, on the left foot Icy Feet, the arch would be on the right edge of the pack and vice versa for the right foot Icy Feet).  I tried wearing the cold packs on the off food (i.e., the left on my right), and it was not comfortable to wear the pack in this manner.

The “bad”—if there is one—is that the product is specialized to treat one very specific area of pain.  As I mentioned, Icy Feet are designed to provide comfort to pain or soreness on the bottom of your feet, but will not work for other common, leg-related soreness.  Thus, if you suffer from both pain in the bottom of your feet and your ankle, you should not expect Icy Feet to be a one size fits all cure to that which ails you.

Then again, Icy Feet does not hold itself out to be a comprehensive pain or soreness treatment.  Therefore, I think the better way to think of Icy Feet is doing one thing, very very well: providing a runner with a means of icing pain in one important area; namely, the bottom of his or her feet.  In that regard, Icy Feet completes its objective admirably.

CR Tip: If you are in need of some cooling therapy, you may want to compare this product review to Jennifer’s review of Dr. Cool Wraps to see what works best for you.

This is the latest installment in the Casual Runner Team’s look at products that can help you in your own Casual Running journey. For a look at our other product reviews, just click here

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Neither Steve nor Casual Runner received any compensation for this review.  The products reviewed herein were provided by the manufacturer for purposes of this review and the opinions are solely those of the author.

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