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Some Design Drawbacks; Questionable Results
on August 5, 2010
As a newer runner training for long distance triathlons I began having trouble with PF. Last winter after I finished (barely) an Ironman, my doctor recommended I simply stop running for a month. I had no upcoming events, so I did that, and it worked. Up until a month or so ago. I have been building up mileage towards an 18 mile trail run in September and once again the PF has returned. This time I want to treat it before the event, rather than suffer through and rest afterwards. So I bought this night split.
The first thing I found out is that there are some quality and sizing issues:
Quality: The middle strap does not lock tightly.. one side of it pulls loose. It stays put, barely, so I decided not to return it and try it out for awhile. This may just be a minor issue with my particular unit, so I wouldn't say it's a reason not to purchase. The rest of the boot seems to be solidly built.
Sizing: I wear a 9 or 9 1/2 men's shoe, so I am right in the middle of the Men's Medium (8 to 10 1/2). Yet my toes come right up to and my big toe sticks out over the edge of the padding. Anybody with a 10 or 10 1/2 foot would actually need to buy a large. While this part is too short, the straps are too long. I have them strapped down as tightly as they will go and they barely hold my foot in place. Maybe I have really skinny legs? I doubt it.. I have fairly well developed runner's calves and a normal width foot. I suppose I could cut down the padding to get them a little tighter, but this should be designed better.
So far I have only worn the splint for an hour or two at a time. I have not tried to sleep in it overnight. Laying down in it is indeed fairly uncomfortable, but I expected that. Let's face it, if you strap any kind of foreign object to your body and try to sleep, it's going to feel strange and disruptive. The boot does indeed provide some relief, while it is on. Whether I'll be able to use it long enough to actually relieve symptoms is still a big question. I'm still tinkering with how much of a stretch to put on the foot by moving the wedge around. Too much and it causes numbness in the toes. Too little and it doesn't do much at all. I guess it's just a matter of trial and error.
I guess I would say this product is good enough to give a try, but expect your mileage to vary on the results.