It is funny how conversations can turn to plantar fasciitis , when talking about middle age woe's with other people. All of a sudden the conversation can turn quite passionate, because I realize the desperation that people, who have plantar fasciitis face. Of the many things that I hear in these passionate conversations, remedies to this problem tops the list. People will try many different things in a desperate attempt to alleviate the pain. One of the things that people mention trying is the plantar fasciitis night splints.
So before you go and buy one or two of these night splints, it may benefit you to know a few things.
TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW1. HOW THEY WORK Night splints take the idea of positioning the foot in a 90-degree dorsiflexion. What this does is stretch the plantar fascia all night long when you sleep. It also sustains a stretch to the Achilles tendion and calf muscles as well. The goal of these splints can help relieve that painful first few steps out of bed in the morning that feel like walking on glass. 2. THEY ARE HARD TO SLEEP IN Ask anyone who has worn one of these night splints and you might hear that some of the pain was relieved, but you will also probably hear how hard it is to sleep in these. These splints can be quite rigid making it hard to find a really good position to sleep in. So pain can often be substituted for loss of sleep and lots of anxious tossing and turning. 3. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF NIGHT SPLINTS If you are looking to buy one of these night splints know that there are two primary types to look for -the dorsal and the boot. It just takes looking at them to see the difference they have, as they are constructed on opposites sides of the foot. The Dorsal Splint uses a hard plastic support that rides up along the shin and the top of your foot to keep that 90-degree angle. What is nice is that it leaves the heel and arch free to breathe throughout the night. The Boot Splint takes on the look and feel of an actual boot. The hard plastic spine of the brace tracks along the back of the calf and Achille's tendon and continues to run under the bottom of the foot. This splint is usually larger, and is what I would say, even more cumbersome because of its size.
Is one better than the other? Unfortunately that is a mixed bag, as there is no solid consensus for either one of these being better than the other. It is a personal preference and choice.4. COMMON COMPLAINTS We've already discussed that they are hard to sleep in, but there are a couple of other complaints that I have heard. One is that your toes go numb. Okay, so not for every person, but because of the pull on the plantar fascia, blood can be a little restricted and numb the toes just a bit. Secondly, if you have to get up in the middle of the night, they are hard to walk in. You might have to actually take them off to take a trip to the bathroom. 5. DO THEY WORK? The University of Pittsburgh did a study that had three control groups, each consisting of 30 persons regarding the treatment of plantar fasciitis. 1) Use only Night Splints, 2) using only Arch Supports, or 3) Use both splints and arch supports. Their conclusion found that the group that used both the night splints and arch supports achieved better healing and was more effective than either group that just used one as their only treatment option.
CONCLUSIONIf you are going to start using night splints, know that although they may help you find relief, they may bring their own set of problems. I have personally found that plantar fasciitis socks , gets rid of most of the complaints while still helping bring the relief from plantar fasciitis. Then again, for the cost that you can gets these, if they may help; it might be well worth the purchase. Each individual is unique and treatment varies; even according to foot size, arch size, and the severity of the plantar fasciitis. As always, stay healthy so you can stay fit. Cheers, Drew
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