Causes of chronic foot and toe pain

There are several possible musculoskeletal causes of persistent pain in the foot or toes, including:

  • Osteoarthritis (including Hallux rigidus of the big toe)
  • Plantar fasciitis - heel and bottom of foot (possibly with heel spurs)
  • Stone bruise (metatarsalgia) - ball of the foot
  • Bunions and Hammertoe
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Aching arches

Plantar fasciitis is a disorder of the insertion site of the ligament on the bone, characterized by micro tears, breakdown of collagen and scarring.

Bunions are a progressive disorder. They begin with a leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which becomes increasingly prominent - and often painful.

Hammertoe is a bending of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe.. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time.

Peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to your peripheral nerves, and often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually to your hands and feet.


ActivBody TENS therapy

Feet. They carry you from here to there, every day. You may not think much about them until they hurt. And when they do, you just want relief!

ActivBody is the physical therapy product we suggest for chronic foot or toe pain.

ActivBody electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief and reduced stiffness.

This unit will also help improve circulation in cases of diabetic or peripheral neuropathy.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Fast and lasting pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Circulation and reduced stiffness (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • BLOCK mode:
    • Fast acting pain relief (modulated high frequency TENS for pain gating effect)
    • Release of serotonin, if applied for long enough
  • RELAX mode
    • Lasting pain relief (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Relaxation (modulated low frequency TENS for release of beta-endorphins)
    • Circulation (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)

ActivBody effectiveness

We conducted a survey of 74 customers with foot pain.

96% of them achieved satisfactory pain relief using our TENS machine.


Pad placement - foot and toe pain

foot pain electrode placement
foot pain electrode placement
foot pain electrode placement

Settings for Mode, Intensity, Time and Repeat frequency

Everyone has a different level of skin resistance; therefore we cannot specify an exact intensity setting for you. Simply choose a level of intensity where you can feel the stimulation but ensure it is below a level of discomfort. See the table below for examples.

The body should definitely not twitch or spasm. So long as you avoid muscle contraction, you cannot overdose.

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Acute pain BLOCKMedium 30 minutesas required
Chronic pain RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesas required
Nagging pain RELIEVELow Overnightas required
Relaxation RELAXLow Minimum 2 hoursas required
Circulation RELAX or RELIEVELow 60 minuteswhen practical

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