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Night Splints

Our clinic offers custom-fit night splints to alleviate heel pain. These devices gently stretch foot tissues overnight, promoting flexibility and reducing morning discomfort and stiffness.

What are Night Splints and How Do They Work?

Night splints are specialised devices recommended for conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy. These splints are worn during sleep, providing a gentle stretch to the affected area, such as the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon. They maintain the foot or ankle in a dorsiflexed position, preventing tightening or shortening of these structures while resting.

By keeping the foot in a stretched position overnight, night splints aim to reduce morning stiffness and alleviate pain associated with these conditions. They work by gradually elongating the affected tissues, promoting healing and flexibility.

Usage and Benefits of Night Splints

Night splints are typically worn overnight or during periods of rest. Although initially uncomfortable for some, patients often adapt to them over time. Consistent use of night splints helps prevent the tightening of tissues that occurs during rest, reducing discomfort and promoting improved mobility upon waking in the morning.

Night splints are particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing severe morning pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinopathy. They facilitate a more gradual stretching of affected tissues compared to sudden movements upon waking, offering symptomatic relief and supporting the healing process.

Considerations and Expected Outcomes

While night splints are effective for many individuals, results may vary. Some patients experience significant improvement in symptoms, including reduced pain and improved mobility, while others may find moderate relief. It's essential to use night splints consistently and discuss any concerns with a healthcare provider to ensure proper fit, comfort, and optimal usage.

Contact us to find out how we can help with your heel pain.