- Night Splints for Plantar Fasciitis Relief
- Help Reduce Morning Foot Pain
Pain studies show that sleeping in night splints can significantly reduce morning foot pain. By preventing nighttime footdrop and accompanying muscle tightness, painful stretching of plantar fasciitis is eliminated.1
AliMed created the first night splint to address nighttime footdrop associated with plantar fasciitis pain. These plantar-based splints helped provide relief by stretching the plantar fascia along with foot calf musculature and Achilles tendon.
Many professionals still prefer plantar based night splints for their ability to maintain an aggressive stretch without binding the forefoot. Large plantar footplates distribute force over a greater area and resist any plantar flexion during sleep. Although some models are bulky and retain heat, today’s newest designs incorporate low-profile shells and moisture-wicking liners to maximize comfort and compliance and are modified to accommodate more patient needs. How to choose the right splint? When choosing a night splint, look for one that places the foot in a comfortable position, as stretching tolerance can vary depending on the severity of plantar fasciitis.
Most plantar-based night splints incorporate a plastic shell. Fixed shells place and maintain the foot in a particular position, commonly neutral and 5° dorsiflexion. Adjustable shells allow gradual increases in dorsiflexion from a neutral or plantarflexed position. Ventilated models offer greater air flow to limit heat buildup.
Liners add comfort and padding in and on the shell to protect heel, malleoli, and skin. Look for a liner, like a terrycloth, which absorbs moisture to keep the skin drier and cooler.
For travel or less-severe plantar fasciitis
Choose a soft or compact night splint. Although some night splints come one-size-fits-all, others are sized for a better fit. X-wide models are available to accommodate larger calf sizes.
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- Powell M., Post W.R., Keener J., and Wearden S., "Effective Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis with Dorsiflexion Night Splints: A Crossover Prospective Randomized Study," Foot Ankle Int, 19(1), (1998): 10-1.