Q How would a night splint work to help my heel pain?
Finding yourself with sharp, stabbing pain in your feet when you get up in the morning is never a great way to start the day. This is often the case in patients with plantar fasciitis. In addition to several treatment options such as custom orthotics for your shoes and physical therapy, night splints can effectively help alleviate the symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.
Over the course of a night, the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, called the plantar fascia, tends to stiffen and tighten. This is what causes the pain when you first step on your foot as you are causing the tendon to loosen up again.
A night splint is a fairly cumbersome brace that attaches to your foot, ankle, and lower leg and is worn when you go to bed. The purpose of this device is to stretch your plantar fascia ligament while you sleep. Studies have shown that this continuous stretching throughout the night has alleviated the pain when stepping on the foot in the morning.
To learn more about what you can do to alleviate your heel pain, contact Dr. Harvey Danciger today. He and his courteous staff will be able to answer your questions and get you on your way to living pain free.