In many cases of Plantar Fasciitis, wearing a splint at night is beneficial because it provides relief from the morning stiffness that accompanies Plantar Fasciitis. When a person rests or sleeps, the plantar fascia and inner plantar muscles shorten and adapt to a nonfunctional state. This is why so many people with Plantar Fasciitis suffer from the sharp, intense pain within their first few steps after sleep or relaxation. Once the muscles and ligaments lengthen after a few steps, the severeness is known to subside.
Splints apply a constant, light stretch to the Plantar Fascia and surrounding muscles, therefore, preventing them from contracting. Most recommendations for how long you should wear a splint are at least two weeks, but for optimal results, you should wear the splint for four weeks. Doctors say that this amount of time provides significant relief from pain and limits the amount of stress that is placed on the Plantar Fascia.
While you can purchase a splint online or from a health store, a visit to a podiatrist might be helpful when it comes to choosing the right one for you. There are many brands available, some of which allow you to adjust the angles to your own preference and comfortability.
Some people give up wearing night splints because they find them uncomfortable to sleep in. It is true that the splint may keep certain types of sleepers from lying in their preferred sleeping position; however, with this being said, the patients who give night splints a chance, find relief. Many find that with a combination of treatments such as stretches and massages, they not only find relief but also rehabilitate their Plantar Fascia.