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Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that impacts thousands of sufferers of all ages. Plantar Fasciitis occurs as the result of an inflammatory process involving the soft tissues that comprise the sole of the foot. The tissues of the plantar fascia become thick, forming a tight band that extends from the heel bone, down the length of the foot toward the toes. The painful condition is often exacerbated by the fact that affected individuals will walk using an irregular gait due to the pain; this, in turn, causes pain that impacts the ankle, shins and knees.

Plantar Fasciitis is a fairly common condition, impacting an estimated 2 million Americans each year. It's said that one in ten people will suffer from Plantar Fasciitis at some point in their lifetime. It's a relatively commonplace condition among athletes and other physically active individuals; in less active individuals, Plantar Fasciitis is often caused by being overweight.

Plantar Fasciitis treatment can involve an array of different approaches, including:

Plantar Fasciitis night splints;

Daytime splints and orthotics;

Physical therapy;

Cold therapy;

Heat therapy;

Stretching;

Massage therapy;

Corticosteroid injections; and

Anti-inflammatory medications.

Night splints are regarded as one of the most effective treatments for Plantar Fasciitis. Night splints are favoured among many since they're more comfortable and affordable than daytime splints and orthotics, which can costs hundreds of dollars and it can take months to become acclimated to walking in these splints. They're also found to be an effective treatment for heel pain stemming from similar inflammatory conditions.

Plantar Fasciitis night splints help to reduce inflammation by keeping the foot and ankle in an ideal position. This allows healing by immobilizing the foot and ankle and it promotes stretching of the tissues, including ligaments and muscles. The Plantar Fasciitis night splints serve to stretch the muscles of the lower leg and calf, along with the actual plantar fascia tissues – the area of inflamed tissue along the bottom of the foot that causes painful soles and heels.   

Individuals with Plantar Fasciitis usually report more foot pain in the early part of the day; this results from the tightening of muscles and ligaments during the nighttime hours. As the day progresses, walking and moving about causes the muscles, ligaments and other tissues to stretch and “warm up”; this results in a bit of relief. This painful cycle alleviated by keeping the ligaments and muscles in a taught, stretched position while you sleep with night splint for plantar fasciitis.