How Do Plantar Night Splints Work?

Explaining how plantar night splints work is easy. Convincing people to try them for the first time and then continue using them even as symptoms ease away is the hard part.

Fortunately, we consider ourselves here at to be persuasive and motivational people, and we believe we can convince you of the many benefits of using plantar night splints if you have foot or heel pain.

In fact, whether your pain is from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis or another condition that impacts the rear of your foot, night splints can help — and we can explain how.

Understanding Plantar Night Splints

Designed for use during rest, splints provide constant, gentle stretching of the plantar fasciia and the Achilles tendon to prevent the terrible pain that most people with heel pain experience with their first steps of the morning.

These devices aren’t intended to be used outside or when standing or walking. There are orthopedic sandals, shoe insoles, heel seats, pads and many other foot care products for those purposes. Plantar night splints are intended only for use while sleeping, sitting or relaxing.

That first-thing-in-the-morning pain happens when the plantar fascia or the Achilles tendon swells during the night as it contracts. After several hours of nonuse, the painful area can become so tight that even the slightest pressure from standing can be excruciating. As you walk, the pain may decrease, but the irritation from walking and standing may also increase the pain. Using night splints helps the problem overnight while cushioned shoe insoles and other devices can help during the day.

Using a foot massager and performing foot and leg exercises as recommend by your doctor can also help put an end to heel pain.

The Persuasive Bit

Most people with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis understand in theory how a night splint can help, but they’re still reluctant to use one. That’s because they worry that putting them on is complicated, that they could cause pain or that purchasing one is too expensive. Do you have these concerns?

Both soft night splints and rigid products are available to ensure your complete comfort, and putting a splint on takes only seconds. While you may experience a slight pulling feeling when you first start using one, there’s no pain — and that pain you experience first thing in the morning could be gone for as long as you use the splint.

Prices are more reasonable than you think too. When you consider that using plantar night splints could save you from cortisone injections, surgery and a long recovery, you might decide that this type of foot care product is a pretty good value.

For relief from heel pain, you need an all-day, every-day approach to foot health. You need the right products day and night — and that means gently stretching away nighttime tightening of your foot with a comfortable, easy-to-use and effective splint that’s more affordable than you might have imagined.