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Uncomfortable and ineffective
on November 14, 2010
Before seeing a podiatrist, my primary care doc suggested a night splint. Based on user reviews, I purchased this one.
I used this product for a week, and could never sleep through the night. No problems with circulation, but in the middle of the night, the pressure from the bottom plate against the ball of my foot would become unbearable. I tried different tension adjustments, but never got it right. Also a big hassle if you need to get up in the middle of the night for anything, since you can not walk on it. It's a little cumbersome with all the velcro straps.
When I did see a podiatrist, he said night splints don't work. He recommended Superfeet inserts (superfeet.com) and some physical therapy exercises (see below). Within a week, I'm feeling 90% better.
You can get Superfeet on Amazon.com but I'd recommend looking for a shoe store that carries them, where they can fit you properly. I've come to understand that every case of plantar fasciitis is a little different, but after several weeks of pain and false starts, here's what is finally working for me:
1. Superfeet inserts
2. 5 minute calf stretch (per leg) before getting out of bed each morning, using a belt
3. 5 minutes (per foot) of the massage ball before getting out of bed
4. After work, massaging the foot by rolling it along a frozen water bottle for 10 min
5. Standing calf stretches for 2 min per leg
6. 5 more minutes of the massage ball before going to bed.
You can find the stretches online. Look for ones that stretch both the gastroc and soleus muscles of the calf. Hamstring and quadricep stretches are helpful too.
I've learned that even if you're feeling better, you should continue with at least some of the exercises. It can take months, even years to completely heal. Hope this helps.