Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting. Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support also have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.
Your physical therapist or doctor might recommend that you wear a splint that keeps you in a dorsiflexed position and stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight to promote stretching. The Pro-Tec Athletics Soft Splint is an excellent example of a soft splint to use during sleep or relaxation to gently stretch the plantar fascia and provide much-needed relief.
This soft splint combines the benefits of a compression sock with the stability of a traditional night splint, supports your foot and toes in a comfortable dorsiflexed position, and has a breathable compression sock to further relieve pain in the calf and achilles tendon area.
There are a number of similar devices available but we prefer the Pro-Tec Athletics soft splint: it’s comfortable , easy to clean, and affordable.