Do I Really Have to Wear a Night Splint? And Do I have to Wear it at Night?

The good news is that you only need to wear it 15 minutes a day and, you don’t have to wear it while you sleep to experience results. Often in a matter of days people start to notice a difference in their heel pain.

Here's a description of why Night Splints are beneficial for individuals with plantar fasciitis:

Maintains Stretch on the Muscles Under the Plantar Fascia:

Night Splints are designed to keep the foot in a dorsiflexed position, with the toes pointing towards the shin. This position maintains a gentle and passive stretch on the muscles under the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. The prolonged stretch helps prevent the tightening of the Achilles tendon, which is a common cause of pain in the morning.

Reduces Morning Pain and Stiffness:

Plantar fasciitis pain is often most intense during the first steps in the morning. By keeping the foot in a dorsiflexed position, the Night Splint reduces the discomfort and stiffness commonly experienced upon waking. If your heel pain is intense, we do recommend you use the Night Splint in the evening with the Incrediwear Circulation Sleeve.

Promotes Healing and Tissue Repair:

The gentle stretching provided by Night Splints promotes blood flow to the plantar fascia and surrounding tissues. Improved circulation enhances the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the affected area, supporting the healing process of the inflamed or damaged plantar fascia.

Prevents Further Tearing:

Tears in the fascia result from the pulling on the fascia. Using the Night Splint helps to stretch the Achilles tendon and reduce the pull on the fascia.

Alleviates Tension on the Achilles Tendon:

In addition to stretching the muscle under the plantar fascia, Night Splints also maintain a mild stretch on the Achilles tendon. This is beneficial because tightness in the Achilles tendon can contribute to plantar fasciitis. By addressing both the muscle under the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, and increasing the range of motion, Night Splints provide comprehensive relief.

Facilitates Long-term Recovery:

Consistent use of a Night Splint over time contributes to the long-term management and recovery from plantar fasciitis. By preventing recurrent microtrauma and promoting a healing environment, the Night Splint plays a crucial role in breaking the cycle of inflammation and pain associated with this condition.

It's important to note that while Night Splints can be effective, individual responses may vary. Consultation with a healthcare professional is recommended to determine the appropriateness of Night Splints for specific cases of plantar fasciitis and to receive guidance on proper usage.

Night Splints, among other plantar fasciitis products, offer relief and support for individuals with plantar fasciitis; visit our store for a range of options.

Pro Tip #1: As long as your knee is straight and propped up you can use the Night Splint anywhere - sitting at your desk while working, watching TV at the end of the night, outside while enjoying happy hour, etc.

Pro Tip #2: If you start to feel a tingly or numb sensation, use it for only 5 minutes.

Pro Tip #3: If your heel pain is really bad, use it in the evening while wearing Incrediwear.

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