PLANTAR FASCIITIS SPLINT
A night-time plantar fasciitis splint helps reduce the pain that is normally felt in the morning.
This happen when the plantar fascia has tightened up from lack of use and often it’s the morning hours that are most difficult to deal with.
I have vivid memories of taking that first step out of bed and the pain shooting from heel all the way up my leg.
Plantar Fasciitis was definitely the worst injury I ever had. It was the most painful, the slowest healing, and longest lasting of the injuries I suffered over 30+ years of running and Ironman training and racing.
That includes tearing a hamstring and having surgery on both knees.
Morning was the worst time and for some reason nobody ever mentioned a night splint to me. Not my doctor and not the specialist who looked at my heel.
What I was told was to do was loosen up the heel by doing some specific stretches before setting foot on the floor. It didn’t work that great to tell you the truth.
There are more than one type of night splints on the market and go from very soft to quite rigid. They all perform basically the same function. They basically keep your foot in a state of flex.
Once the foot is allowed to relax too much the plantar fascia will tighten up. That means you irritate it all over again and it’s very painful to walk for those first few steps.
Wearing a Plantar Fasciitis splint at night should be your last option.
Orthotics are a popular choice and they are basically inserts that fit into your shoe.
Stretching, physio therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs are other options that should be tried first.
The reason for this is that a night splint is not the most comfortable thing to wear to bed. It’s quite bulky and uncomfortable and may even upset your quality of sleep.
Another reason to leave the splint option until last is the expense. They can cost up to $85-$90.
Much will depend how advanced your injury is. With any luck it will be caught in time and a Plantar Faciitis splint won’t be necessary.