Posted on 15th Feb 2013 @ 9:39 AM
Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint
The plantar night splints are made in a variety of styles and designs. Some of the night splints are more rigid and bulky while others are softer and similar to a sock. All night splints are made to offer pain relief from plantar fasciitis by stretching the fascia while you are sleeping or resting. Night splints look similar to a boot with straps in the front instead of being fully enclosed. They offer little flexibility because they are meant to keep your foot at a 90 degree angle, which stops the fascia from contracting and helps reduce the stress in the inflamed area of the foot.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis is typically accomplished by using multiple treatments such as plantar fasciitis night splints during the night combined with day usage of shoe orthotic/inserts, anti-inflammatory medicine, icing the inflamed area and specialized heel cups. Everyone is different in their preference but night splints seem to be the most useful option for night time treatment.
Many of our customers have reviewed our night splints and have said that they greatly reduce the morning foot pain typically associated with plantar fasciitis. This is being accomplished by stretching the fascia during sleep instead of stretching it with your first steps in the morning.
Although shoe orthotics or inserts seem to be the most effective way of plantar fasciitis treatment they are only working while you are walking or active by stretching the fascia. We highly recommend day and night treatment to totally alleviate the pain from plantar fasciitis. Shoe orthotics/inserts can also help with heel spurs, pronation and achilles tendonitis.
We have many great products as shoe inserts or orthotics but two of them are more commonly used for plantar fasciitis treatment one being the amazing massaging insole which is less bulky in the shoe and very comfortable to wear. Secondly there is the HTP heel seat which is more bulky and typically a little more painful at the beginning of use until the fascia gets used to the increased stretch it provides. Regardless which night splint or shoe insert is chosen it is very important to maintain both day and night treatment in order to help reduce the strain on the fascia.
If price is a major concern then we do recommend using a shoe orthotic or insert over the night splint. As some customers have complained that the night splint is a little costly as well as being bulky and uncomfortable to wear while trying to sleep. For these customers the continued use of the heel cups from HTP or the amazing massaging insoles offer great relief during the day as well as helping fight the problem at is source by stretching the fascia.