Night Splint for Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis
Ossur Form Fit – Medium
Used in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and other lower extremity overuse injuries.
Made with adjustable flexion straps, allowing for gentle stretching of the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
Medium Fits Shoe Sizes:
1 Per Package
Frequently Asked Questions
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis (say: plant-er fash-ee-eye-tis) is a common cause of pain in the heel of your foot. Your heel may hurt, feel hot, swell, or turn red. This is called inflammation. The inflammation occurs in the plantar fascia, which is a thin layer of tough tissue that supports the arch of the foot. The pain is usually worse when you first get out of bed.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The cause is usually some combination of tightness of the foot and the calf, weakness of the foot, improper athletic training, or stress on the arch of the foot. Also, too much use (running too far, too fast, too soon), shoes that do not fit, or certain play or work actions can hurt the plantar fascia.
What is the role of a night splint for heel pain in the treatment of plantar fasciitis?
Most people naturally sleep with their feet in a plantar-flexed position, which causes the plantar fascia to be shortened. A night splint for heel pain maintains a neutral 90° foot-leg angle and provide constant passive stretching of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Their effectiveness is believed to derive from the rest and healing provided by the constant stretching. In addition, the passive stretching that a night splint for heel pain provides helps prevent microtrauma at the plantar fascia–bone interface with the first steps out of bed in the morning.
Several studies have shown that a high percentage of patients using a night splint for heel pain had improvement of their plantar fasciitis. Regarding the difficulty of patient compliance with a night splint for heel pain, a prospective trial showed that the comfort afforded by the night splint resulted in 95% patient compliance. Some studies suggest that a night splint for heel pain is especially useful in individuals who have had symptoms of plantar fasciitis for longer than 12 months.
How can night splints help with plantar fasciitis?
ANSWER Most of us sleep with our feet pointed down, which shortens the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Night splints, which you wear while you sleep, keep your feet at a 90-degree angle. So instead of shortening your plantar fascia, you get a good, constant stretch while you sleep. They can be bulky, but they tend to work really well. And once the pain is gone, you can stop wearing them.
How to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis Pain?
Steps you can take to help reduce heel pain when you take your first steps after getting out of bed. You can:
• Wear a night splint while you sleep. Night splints hold the ankle and foot in a position that keeps the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia slightly stretched.
• Massage the bottom of your foot across the width of the plantar fascia before getting out of bed.
• Always wear shoes when you get out of bed, even if it is just to go to the bathroom. Quality sandals, athletic shoes, or any other comfortable shoes with good arch supports will work.
What stretching exercises to do before getting out of bed?
Many people with plantar fasciitis have intense heel pain in the morning when they take their first steps after getting out of bed. This pain comes from the tightening of the plantar fascia that occurs during sleep. Stretching or massaging the plantar fascia before standing up can often reduce heel pain.
• Stretch your foot by flexing it up and down 10 times before standing.
• Do toe stretches to stretch the plantar fascia.
• Use a towel to stretch the bottom of your foot.