The foot-ankle exerciser was developed for specifically exercising the muscles that control the ankle, sub-talar and mid-tarsal joints. This is a major portion of the entire lower leg. Isolated exercises are provided to help alleviate circulation problems to help develop alternate circulation for blockage problems, diabetics, burn patients, etc.
Neuropathy is a major problem for nerve involvement such as Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Polio and Diabetes. The use of Active Isolated Stretching (A.I.S.) and the foot-ankle exerciser have helped alleviate countless neuropathy problems.
Ankle sprains and lower leg fractures are routinely treated with A.I.S. and the foot-ankle exerciser with outstanding results. Shin splints and post stress fracture are eliminated with similar treatment. Arch problems involving flat feet or pronated feet are corrected with Active Isolated Stretching and the Mattes Foot-Ankle Exerciser.
The Newly Redesigned model of the Ankle Exerciser uses Clamps to hold the weights on the pole. We now uses Velcro Straps to increase the comfort around the foot and Ankle.
The weights are not included with the machine. I would recommend a 2 1/2, 5 and 10 pound weight to start with. These are all 1 inch diameter holes.