Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat in our sports medicine clinic. Inflammation of the plantar fascia causes pain in the heel or the arch.
A hallmark of plantar fasciitis, is pain when you first step out of bed in the morning. If your first step in the morning is a pain in your heel or arch, you may want to try a plantar fascial night splint.
A plantar fascial night splint is designed to keep your foot at a 90° angle, which gently and continuously stretches the plantar fascia, minimizing contraction, that can cause morning pain.
In our clinic, we recommend patients wear the night splint three hours before going to bed, which is usually effective in eliminating their morning pain. If your pain is not alleviated with wearing the splint before you go to bed, then wear it to bed.
Here’s a video from our FDFAC YouTube channel showing you how to properly use your night splint.
If you think you have plantar fasciitis or some other similar condition, it’s important to seek treatment with your podiatrist, as a delay in treatment may make your condition worse.
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