Tackling plantar fasciitis and heel spurs syndrome means dealing with the problem both day and night. That’s why plantar night splints can be so effective in dealing with this painful and potentially debilitating issue. These splints keep the problem from getting worse as you sleep.
If you have pain in your heel or the bottom of your foot that’s worse in the mornings before you’ve taken very many steps, it’s probably plantar fasciitis and the effects of related heel spurs. The spurs develop, experts believe, when the band called the plantar fascia becomes irritated and there is microtrauma at the point where it goes through the heel bone.
The pain from heel spurs syndrome is often worst when first getting up in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting because the plantar fascia swells and tightens, generating pain. Walking around helps the problem go away until you need to sit or sleep again. But taking those first few steps after a long night’s sleep can be almost impossible when the problem is at its worst.
To make matters even worse, walking on hard floors or barefoot can aggravate the problem, meaning that for some people, every action they take all day long is making their condition worse.
How PF Night Splints Help
If pain is acute and makes walking impossible, it’s essential to contact a doctor to rule out a fracture, cyst in the heel or other medical problems. The doctor will press on the inside of the heel to reproduce the pain. In many cases, the diagnosis is PF pain along with a heel spur. While people often think the pain comes from the spur on the bottom of the heel, in most cases the pain comes from the tearing and pulling of the plantar fascia as it crosses through the heel.
Obviously, getting the problem under control is essential. That means resting, using shoe insoles and trying to stay off your feet during the worst flare ups.
But using night splints as you sleep can be an important part of permanently relieving the pain. These soft or hard plantar night splints gently pull on the plantar fascia and other tendons, muscles and tissues during the night, keeping them elongated and preventing them from swelling.
And that can make a huge difference in the first step of the morning and in keeping the problem from getting gradually worse from day to day.
There are several types and brands of night splints, meaning there is likely a choice that’s right for every kind of person. They’re intended to be worn while sleeping or sitting but never for walking. Shoe insoles and in some cases cam boots are the right treatment for PF pain during waking hours.
You may be surprised how much difference night splints can make in your life if you give them a try. Your treatment plan for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs syndrome isn’t complete without them.