Plantar fasciitis night splints are one of several methods used to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis often develops because of tightness in the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon. They tend to loosen up during the day when we are walking and on our feet a lot. When sleeping at night, however, they will tighten up again. This explains why the first few steps in the morning can be so excruciating if you are experiencing plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia, and sometimes the Achilles tendon, have tightened up. Plantar fasciitis night splints can help some people to keep this from happening. The idea of night splints is that they put a mild constant stretch on the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon throughout the night when we are sleeping. This can help to reduce the inflammation in the area, and give the damaged plantar fascia a better opportunity to heal.
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There are several different styles of night splints; some of them are highlighted on this site. Some of the splints have a strap connected to the front part of the foot that is connected to the upper part of the splint, providing a constant stretch, and tension, on the plantar fascia. Many splints are very rigid, and look similar to a boot. They can be somewhat bulky to wear, and some are expensive. But if it works it is worth the cost. A lot of people find that night splints in conjunction with orthotics are a very effective combination. The orthotics are helpful to reduce the foot stress during the day when we are on our feet. The night splints take over at night to further allow the healing process to continue. This gives the affected area the very best chance to heal quickly.
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