Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints are an effective treatment for heel pain
(PRWEB UK) 8 August 2012
Dr Foot.co.uk is the UK's largest on line provider of footcare products and have been providing foot care advice and products for over 10 years. They have just launched a new range of plantar fasciitis night splints.
Although there are many individual treatments for plantar fasciitis it is usually a combination of methods that provides the most pain relief and the best overall results. Some treatment methods provide an immediate reduction in pain and inflammation, while other methods work behind the scenes to rectify the underlying issues over the long term.
Interestingly, plantar fasciitis night splints belong in both categories of treatment methods. Other treatment options include foot orthotics, which support the plantar fascia and allow the fascia to heal.
What are Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints?
These particular splints are a brace that covers the foot, ankle and lower leg. As is suggested by their name, they are meant to be used overnight as they are awkward and need to be worn while in the prone position. It’s counter-productive to move about while wearing a night splint.
What is the Purpose of Wearing a Night Splint?
Wearing a night splint holds the foot and ankle in a fixed position that lightly stretches the ligaments of the foot and the fibrous tissues of the plantar fascia and eases heel pain. A shortened or inflexible ligament is a primary cause of plantar fasciitis, and it can easily develop during exercise or due of excessive standing. A secondary function of night splints is to stretch the calf muscle, as tight or inflexible calf muscles causes over-pronation in the feet, and this usually leads to the development of plantar fasciitis.
Wearing a plantar fasciitis night splint will help to rectify the issues causing this affliction and can also reduce inflammation levels and the resulting foot pain. A majority of patients using night splints experience dramatic relief from heel pain during the day. Pain reduction is most notable first thing in the morning when the wearer first wakes and becomes mobile. Night splints are widely regarded as one of the most effective treatments for plantar fasciitis.
Are Night Splints Right For You?
Trying to decide if plantar fasciitis night splints are right for you is much easier if you first evaluate the pros and cons of this type of treatment. Night splints are used for other foot conditions such as bunions however plantar fasciitis night splints are one of the most effective treatment options.
Pros of Using Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints:
- They effectively stretch the plantar fascia and ligament, thus relieving discomfort and inflammation.
- They effectively stretch the calf muscles and reduce tensions in the ankle and foot, thus relieving excessive tension on the plantar tendon and reducing the probability of over-pronation of the foot from occurring.
- The feet and ankles are fixed in proper anatomical position during the night.
- Because they are used at night they do not interfere with regular daytime activity. If you wish, however, you can also use them during daytime rest periods.
- They are a reliable method of treatment for plantar fasciitis.
- They are used both in the early stages of treatment as well as an on-going method for instilling correct alignment of the muscles, bones and joints of the lower leg and feet.
- A dramatic reduction in heel pain is reported by patients, especially pain that is usually experienced upon waking.
Cons of Using Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints:
- Night splints stretch the ligament in a prone position only, and not when supporting load bearing activities such as standing or walking.
- They can be awkward and uncomfortable to sleep in and are cumbersome to wear.
- Walking while wearing a night splint is not recommended, if you need to support the plantar fascia as you walk then you can either opt for insoles or orthotic sandals.
- There is no conclusive evidence that they are effective treating plantar fasciitis; all evidence is anecdotal and based on patient response
- Some experts believe that night splints may cause plantar fasciitis to worsen over time.
- Cost: Each splint can cost between £32 ($60) and £52 ($80) for the basic model.
I hope that listing the pros and cons of plantar fasciitis night splints has given you enough information to comfortably make a decision about whether or not this is the right treatment for you. Note: It may be possible to rent plantar fasciitis night splints from a pharmacy or store that specializes in medical supplies; this would allow you to test the product for effectiveness before investing in your own splint.