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Finally, A Better Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis.

SAE Team
Mike Davis

Dr. Mike Davis

The Team Driving Change

Dr. Mike Davis is the founder of Safe Affordable Effective (SAE) Orthopedics. Dr. Davis has been practicing as a board certified orthopedic surgeon in the Southern Illinois area since 1992. Upon noticing that the primary treatment for plantar fasciitis was outdated by decades and that it did not adequately treat the injury, he invented TESS, a treatment device that was safer and more effective. TESS is a stretching device designed to alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis injuries.

✓ Orthopedic Surgeon

✓ TESS Inventor

✓ Adjunct Professor

Cheryl Hope

Cheryl Hope

Joey Francis

Joey Francis

Roger Smith

Roger Smith

Our First Innovation – TESS

For thirty years Dr. Mike Davis waited for someone to develop a better treatment for plantar fasciitis. As an orthopedic surgeon, he knew the underlying causes of the injury and was also painfully aware that the prominent methods of treating it were outmoded and largely ineffective. So, he decided to do it himself. After years of design changes, beta testing, and success in clinical applications, Dr. Davis is ready to make this innovation available to the public. Previously only available to medical professionals, you can now have a TESS device in your own home.

If you have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and would like to order a TESS Device, please go to our TESS Device store where you can place an order directly. If you have any questions or would like to place an order with a salesperson please call or email.

TESS represents the next generation of heel cord box.

Tess measures muscle flexibility with real-time data offering better treatment for Plantar Fasciitis.

TESS is safer and more effective than its predecessors. It allows for more immediate symptom relief and significantly faster healing.

TESS is currently the subject of a major medical study. Dr. Davis and SAE Orthopedics in conjunction with several renowned physicians, hospitals, and universities are studying the impact of using TESS as opposed to outmoded forms of treatment. We fully expect this study to clearly indicate that TESS is significantly more effective at symptom eradication and reducing healing time, making it the preferred non-invasive treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Let’s look at what sets TESS apart from the competition:

  • Two angles to choose from

    Because range of motion varies, we made TESS variable. The device meets you at your current level of capability.

  • Steel reinforced hardwood handle for added safety

    Not everyone who experiences plantar fasciitis and the foot pain associated with it have the physical capability to use a traditional heel cord box. This is why we added a handle to TESS. This feature protects the elderly and people with limited mobility from injury while treating their plantar fasciitis. We hold the patent on heel cord boxes with handles. You cannot find this feature on any other plantar fasciitis treatment device.

  • Attractive design

    TESS is professionally manufactured out of furniture grade hardwood. Too often medical devices diminish the look of our home because they are so unsightly. TESS is beautifully designed to furniture quality so you don’t have to feel embarrassed to have it out.

  • Made in the USA

    TESS is manufactured in Southern Illinois from raw materials from Southern Illinois.

  • TESS may be covered under your HSA or flexible spending account.

    Check with your insurance provider to be sure.

  • Promotes perfect posture during use

    Because TESS is designed for use in conjunction with a wall it forces your body into perfect posture, providing a deeper, longer-lasting stretch and more immediate foot pain relief.

  • Folds flat for easy storage

    Even though TESS is an attractive, furniture grade device you may not want it sitting out in your home. When it is folded it takes up no more space than a common step stool and can easily be stored in a closet or behind another piece of furniture.

  • Slip-proof surface

    The surface of the TESS platform is slip-proof. This is an added safety measure to keep you from slipping while using the device. 

  • Reduces tension on the plantar fascia

    The tension calf muscles keep on the plantar fascia make the injury more painful and prolong the amount of time needed to heal. Relieving this tension reduces the pain almost immediately and decreases the amount of time needed to heal your plantar fasciitis injury. 

  • Environmentally Friendly

    The trees we use to make TESS are hand selected by foresters who engage in environmentally friendly forest management. None of our wood comes from vendors who practice unsustainable forestry.

Other Applications
Though primarily developed to treat foot and heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis TESS has other applications.
  • Preventative stretching – If you are at a high risk of developing plantar fasciitis preventative stretching is the best means of avoiding injury.
  • Achilles tendon issues – TESS is remarkably good at strengthening the Achilles tendon. Either as a means of recovering from surgery or to prevent injury after immobilization TESS has a great impact on the Achilles heel strength and flexibility.
  • Surgery rehab – Heel cord boxes have been used by physical therapists in surgery rehab for decades. The danger is that patients recovering from surgery need a great deal of support while using them. Our handle design makes this possible in the comfort of your own home.
  • Multiple forms of tendonitis – TESS is very effective at treating patellar and Achilles tendonitis. 
  • Stretching for exercise – TESS can be used for exercise related stretching and even as a platform for minor strength and conditioning exercises, particularly eccentric squats.
  • Athletic training – TESS is currently used in multiple college and professional athletics training facilities as a means of stretching out athletes to avoid injury and as a rehab device.
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