Night Splints for Heel Pain
Heel pain suffers often find relief with the use of night splints. Night splints keep the heel stretched while you sleep. As a result, this prevents the arch of the foot from contracting at night, and can reduce or eliminate the morning heel pain many people with plantar fasciitis experience.
These devices can allieviate plantar fasciitis pain for many patients, however the results require some time. Most patients find relief within about three months, and over 90% within one year.Night splints are devices that are worn during periods of rest and stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. This treatment provides relief to heel pain sufferers that experience pain resulting from Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and more. A variety of divices are available that accomplish similar results. These inlcude many styles of night splints and Strassburg socks. Some varieties are larger with more restriction of movement, others allow for more flexability. The doctors of Seattle Heel Pain can reccommend the appropriate device, or if a night splint is appropriate for your specific condition. Generally, night splints are used in conjunction with other treatments.
There are many styles of splints available. The doctors of the Seattle Heel Pain Center can evaluate your condition that is causing heel pain and determine if a night splint may provide relief from your heel pain.
The most common cause of heel pain however, is mechanical in nature. The structure of your foot and the movement of your stride is the most common cause of heel pain. Over time, most heel pain develops because of an unnatural movement that is repeated. Night splints can help with many common causes of heel pain.
Many patients also find relief by combining night splints with prescription orthotics to correct any bio-mechanical issues that cause heel pain.
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The Seattle Heel Pain Center is a division of Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists