Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints
There are several treatment options for plantar fasciitis
and many sufferers find that a combination of treatment
methods gives them the best results. Some options work
well in the early stages of treatment to relieve pain
and inflammation, while others are effective as a longer
term treatment to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
The plantar fasciitis night splint falls into both categories.
A plantar fasciitis night splint is a type of brace
that covers the foot, ankle and lower leg. As the name
suggests, it is designed to be worn at night, when you
are in bed, mainly because it is cumbersome and needs
to be worn while you are lying down. It is best not
to move or walk around while wearing the splint.
The purpose of the night splint is to stretch the fibrous
tissue of the plantar fascia by holding the foot and
ankle in a fixed position that slightly stretches the
ligament. One of the causes of the condition is a shortened
ligament which is easily injured during exercise and
long periods of standing. It has the secondary action
of lightly stretching the calf muscle; a shortened calf
muscle is one of the factors in the development of plantar
Wearing a plantar fasciitis night splint helps to correct
the problems that cause the condition and also to relieve
the pain and inflammation associated with it. Many patients
report a significant decrease in heel pain during the
day, after wearing the night splint, especially the
early morning pain felt when first getting out of bed.
Night splints are considered by many to be one of the
best treatment methods for plantar fasciitis, the most
common cause of foot pain.
To help you decide if a night splint will help you
in the treatment of your foot pain, we have divided
the information into the advantages and disadvantages,
or the pros and cons.
Pros of the plantar fasciitis night splint:
• They are effective at gently stretching the
plantar fascia ligament to relieve pain and inflammation.
• They also stretch the calf muscles which may
have contributed to the condition.
• They hold the foot and ankle in the correct
anatomical position overnight.
They are designed to be used at night, so they don't
interfere with your daily activities.
• They can also be used during the day, when you
have time to rest.
• They are one of the most commonly prescribed
treatment methods for plantar fasciitis.
• They can be utilized as an early treatment option
to relieve pain and inflammation as well as an on-going
treatment to correct the alignment of the foot.
• Many patients report an improvement in the most
common symptom, heel pain, especially in the morning.
Cons of the plantar fasciitis night splint:
• They only stretch the ligament in a resting
position but don't provide any stretching when under
the load of supporting the body weight when standing
• They are cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear.
• They may potentially disturb your sleep and
You shouldn't walk around while wearing a night splint.
• There is no medical evidence that they are actually
effective in effectively treating the condition.
Some experts believe that over-use of night splints
can have a detrimental affect on the foot and might
actually make the condition worse.
• They are expensive, costing between $60 and
Now that you have information about plantar fasciitis
night splints, you are in a better position to make
a decision for yourself and your condition. Make inquiries
about hiring a night splint from a pharmacy or medical
supply store; this means you won't have to outlay any
cash until you are sure that you can benefit from wearing