You may have heard that night splints are a good option for healing your plantar fasciitis. But with all of the options out there, how do you know which one is best to use?
In this article, we will break down how night splints for plantar fasciitis work, and the different types that are available on the market.
Night splints are devices that are worn while sleeping to keep the foot in a stretched position. This stretch helps to relieve the pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis by lengthening the plantar fascia muscle.
Night splints are often worn at rest or overnight in conjunction with treatments used during the day like insoles and orthotics, pain relievers and muscle relaxants, or injections and stretching.
There is a TON of night splints on the market today, and although they may vary somewhat, night splints all work in a similar way:
1. They reduce pain and inflammation by producing a slow stretch.
2. They provide a conservative, medication free, natural way of arch pain relief.
3. When used consistently-4 hours per day for at least 4 weeks, they can create muscle memory.
Night Splints come in 3 basic forms.
The first type is a rigid splint under the foot, which extends to the calf with straps in front.
This type will provide a stretch, but it is extremely bulky and uncomfortable to sleep or rest in.
The second type of night splint for plantar fasciitis is a rigid splint in the front of the calf that extends to the front of your foot with straps on the back of the calf. This type is also bulky, and tends to not provide enough of a stretch to the arch.
The third type of night splint is a booty. There are booties that offer a Velcro strap attached to the front of the foot. Although these are less bulky and more comfortable, they tend to be too flexible without an insole to hold the arch.
Archmaker is a booty with an insole inside of it, so that your foot is held in the arch position firmly, but comfortably.
Archmaker relieves plantar fasciitis by allowing for a maximum release position of the arch, and provides a counterbalance muscle stretch on the top of the foot as well. It is lightweight and, unlike the others on the market, not bulky at all.
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