United Ortho Night Splint for Plantar Fasciitis
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.
Men’s: up to 7
Women’s: up to 7.5
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?
The classic sign of plantar fasciitis is that the worst pain occurs with the first few steps in the morning, but not every patient will have this symptom. Patients often notice pain at the beginning of activity that lessens or resolves as they warm up. The pain may also occur with prolonged standing and is sometimes accompanied by stiffness. In more severe cases, the pain will also worsen toward the end of the day.
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 plantar fasciitis 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 plantar fasciitis maintains a neutral 90° foot-leg angle and provide constant passive stretching of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. The effectiveness of a night splint for plantar fasciitis is believed to derive from the rest and healing provided by the constant stretching. In addition, the passive stretching 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 plantar fasciitis had improvement of their plantar fasciitis. Regarding the difficulty of patient compliance with a night splint for plantar fasciitis, a prospective trial showed that the comfort afforded by the night splint for plantar fasciitis resulted in 95% patient compliance. Some studies suggest that a night splint for plantar fasciitis are especially useful in individuals who have had symptoms of plantar fasciitis for longer than 12 months.
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.
How long do I need to wear a night splint for plantar fasciitis to see results?
When worn consistently every night, you can expect to see improvement in your plantar fasciitis condition in several weeks or several months, depending on your case. Unfortunately, healing plantar fasciitis doesn’t happen overnight.