A foot night splint is worn around the ankle keeping it in a stretched position while sleeping. The splint is worn overnight preventing the arch of the foot from getting contracted so the foot can heal in a stretched position. Foot night splint is used especially as a plantar fasciitis treatment and Achilles tendonitis treatment.
Plantar fasciitis is a foot disorder caused by overuse of the foot. It is usually felt as pain in the bottom of the foot around the heel. That pain especially hurts right in the morning when trying to get out of bed and stand up, or after resting for awhile. It is caused by wounding the fascia connective tissue on the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia is a relatively inflexible, solid, fibrous band on the bottom of the foot. The specific overuse factor which causes the disorder is personal. A few of the potential causes to the heel pain are: flat feet or high arches, gait and balance troubles, vulnerable foot muscles, standing a lot on your feet etc’.
Plantar fasciitis treatment can sometimes take a lot of time. One of the problems of treating the disorder is that the plantar fascia ligament is recovered at night while sleeping in a relaxed loosened position. This position enables the contraction of the soft tissues of the foot. Hence the healing process is done on a contracted plantar fascia. As taking the first steps in the morning the fascia is stretched again and the recovery process gets back to the starting point. This is the cause for the typical pain with the first few steps in the morning. Foot night splint device is designed to prevent this problem. By keeping the foot in a relatively stretched and lengthened position all of the night, the foot is recovered in that position so it is not injured again in the morning. This process also helps to avoid the painful first few steps in the morning that are so typical to plantar fasciitis.
There are four groups of foot night splints to review:
There are a few aspects to consider as you are buying a plantar fasciitis night splint:
The plantar fasciitis night splint is usually a part of a wider treatment program and is performed along with more treatment measures. This treatment is intended to reduce the symptoms of the foot disorder but it does not attend to the cause.
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