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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2009
If you're reading this, you either think you have or have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. One day in early July out of the blue my left heel started to hurt. I've never had foot problems so I didn't think much about it. Two days later I could barely walk. Every step was sheer agony. After some checking on the internet I quickly realized I had the classic symptoms of plantar fasciitis, i.e., the pain would decrease very slightly after walking for awhile (I found out that was because the ligament was being stretched), the pain was always so much worse after driving, and in the morning the first step upon getting out of bed was absolutely excruciating. I followed doctor's orders. I iced it, did all the stretching exercises and rolled my foot around on a frozen soup can. Nothing seemed to help. The doctor never once mentioned using a night splint. I ordered this splint after reading about it in a plantar fasciitis on-line chat room. It completely lived up to its promise. It arrived much sooner than anticipated and after using it for 3 or 4 nights I could walk again without having to hold onto the furniture and wanting to scream out in agony. After using it for about 10 nights I was completely pain free and have been ever since. It simply keeps your foot in the proper position while you sleep so the ligament can heal. It's not uncomfortable at all and never interfered with my getting a good night's sleep. If you've been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, take my advice. Do not hesitate. Do not hobble around in agony for weeks like I did. Order this immediately. I wish I had known about it sooner.

Cheryl Fayder
A Very Satisfied Customer
Liverpool, NY
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2011
I have suffered for months with my right heel pain. It was hard to drive and sit at a stoplight, walk after sitting for any period of time, etc. the pain was constant. Anything that put pressure on my foot/esp the heel was almost unbearable. I was about to go to a Dr. and pay $$$ for a cure when I stumbled across a suggestion to use a night brace.

I purchased this brace and tried to wear it the first night. It was uncomfortable and I took it off after about 2 hrs. wondering how people sleep with this thing on! I lived with the pain for another month and decided to give the brace another try before going to a Dr.

I wore it about 4 hrs. the first night, and incredibly I had a great morning the very next day. I continued wearing the brace every day, eventually wearing it all night with no problems and all I can say is that I have NO pain in my heal, I have NO stiffness in the morning or any other time of day when I get up to walk. It's been almost 2 weeks wearing it nightly and I feel 100% better. I am looking into doing some maintenance exercises that are on the web to strengthen the foot, but, I can't believe how great this worked for me.

Had to sign on here to Amazon and tell my story.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
This summer my plantar fasciitis flared up worse than it ever has. After a day on my feet, I was limping and almost in tears from the pain. My sister had a similar problem a few years ago and found a night splint brought her relief when nothing else did. Not wanting to invest $50.00 or more in a night splint when I wasn't sure it would help me, I opted to buy the less expensive Futuro Sleep Support.

Initially, the support made a big difference in my pain level. That first step out of bed in the morning was not as excruciating as it had been and my pain was less during the day. Unfortunately, the improvement only lasted a few days, and then the support did not seem to make a difference and I stopped wearing it consistently after a couple of weeks.

So I consulted a physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of foot/gait problems. He thought the sleep support would be somewhat helpful, though not as much as an actual sleep split, and recommended I resume wearing it. After six weeks of treatment, including stretching and strengthening exercises, my feet were much improved. I continue the regimen of exercises and wear the sleep support most nights. I have resumed my exercise walking and still am mostly pain-free.

If you have minor plantar fasciitis, the Futuro sleep support alone might help. However, if your pain level is severe, as mine was, I do not think this support alone would bring relief from pain, but as part of a more involved treatment plan it might have some benefit.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2008
This product is wonderful! I have plantar faciitis on both feet so I purchased two. I had prescription splints made for me that were so bulky and uncomfortable to sleep in that I was hesitant to try these. The futuro splints are lightweight, easy to put on and take off and work like a charm. Do not hesitate to try these. They make a world of difference putting my feet on the floor in the morning.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
This splint is working now but I too had problems keeping it on at night. If it was tight enough to keep my foot @ 90 dorsal flexion, my toes would go to sleep and wake me after a few hours and i would take it off. I finally started folding an ankle sock three folds and placing it in the curve of the splint the ankle and the splint. This allows slightly more dorsal flexion without additional tightening of the strap around the ball of the foot. Now the neoprene strap is more giving but is always trying to slightly dorsal flex the foot. After the first night the difference was remarkable. Its basically like a spacer between the dorsal of the ankle and the splint causing more flexion , but its gentle and loose on the ball. I have been fighting pf for 2+ years ! stretching ,icing, inserts ,cortisone shots(ouch!!!) all of which helped some but still in constant pain. These splints are 2 years old and after about 4 weeks initially of fighting them throughout the night i gave up on them. Just a few weeks ago I decided to try them again adding the folded sock as a spacer and glory be!!!! getting pain free!!! finally! hope this helps someone. pf sucks!!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
I found it almost impossible to adjust it to keep my foot in the proper position. If I made it loose enough that it didn't cut off circulation in my foot (or calf), then it would slip down the calf and my foot would end up pretty much in its normal position. If I made things tight enough to somewhat hold my foot in the position it should be in for a device like this, then my toes would start to tingle and foot fall asleep right away or there would bee a lot of pressure on my lower leg/ calf area.

Basically, if your foot flexes downward (away from the knee, which is what you're trying to prevent) then it just causes the velcro around the calf to slide down unless you make everything incredibly tight.

Like some others, I had to rip it off after not wearing it for very long in order for me to fall asleep (rather than just having my foot asleep, that is).

I think the concept of "pulling up" on your foot from the top may just be flawed, as opposed to having something under your foot to "push up" on it or hold it up.

Complete waste of money for me. Maybe it would work for some depending on the size and structure of your foot and calf.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2008
I like this product, now that I figured out how to adjust it. At first it wasn't obvious that the strip around my toes could be removed and placed closer to my ankle. Overall, the brace is light, easy on/off, and small enough to travel with.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2007
I am a physical therapist and I found this product an inexpensive way to treat heel pain. It takes several times wearing the product to get the benefits of relief. It's worth the cost if you have heel pain. Wear for a few hours and add time each session. Work up to all night if tolerated.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2009
After weighing all the options, I decided to try the Futuro night splint for my plantar fasciitis. The Futuro has a strip of plastic in front and the rest is soft fabric with velcro fasteners. By the way, the info on the box says: ". . . The adjustable fasteners create a customized fit for most body types. Measure the circumference approximately 2" above the ankle bone." "Adjust to fit 8-15 inches." So, if the measurement of your leg above your ankle bone is less than 8 inches or more than 15 inches, this splint will either be too big or too small for you. My leg measures 12 inches and I wear a size 11 women's shoe. The splint is comfortable to wear and has helped to alleviate the horrible heel pain I had every morning when I got out of bed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2009
I have been unable to walk every morning for months because of the terrible pain in my heel when I walked. Bought this night brace ( it was the cheapest on Amazon) and decided to give it a try. I am a shoe size 8 female and the brace was very easy to attach. It has adjustable strap around your instep and an adjustable strap around the calf. The strap around the calf has 2 different velcro taps to help with adjustment (one on the left and one on the right). I had no problem with the boot staying in place. The boot is NOT designed to stretch the fasciitis, it is designed to hold the foot in a 90 -85 degree angle. At night when you relax your foot during sleep the toes relax and your foot spends 8 hours in a 45 degree angle during which the fasciitis tendon pulls tight.Thus when you wake in the morning it is very painful to walk until you restretch the tendon. This morning when I got out of bed after wearing the brace only ONE night. I could have danced. My foot was pain free. I have been doing the recommended stretchine exercises as well and I finally believe that I will evetually fully recover from this painful experience. I HIGHLY recommend this product.
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