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Dr Mark Nelson

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Night Splints

Highly recommended by doctors for effective pain relief due to:

  Plantar Fasciitis
  Heel Pain
  Heel Spurs
  Achilles Tendonitis

Treats the pain at night while you sleep.  You can also use the splint during the day while watching TV or reading.

How do night splints work?

These easy to use, inexpensive devices are designed to keep tension on the tissue (plantar fascia or tendon) so it heals at night in a stretched position, which reduces the pain.  When worn as prescribed, it does not allow the plantar fascia to tighten, as when the foot is in a relaxed position. The device holds the ankle and forefoot joints in a position of slight dorsiflexion that prevents a position of plantarflexion and the plantar fascia and Achilles is not allowed to contract (tighten).

Dr. Nelson's "Top 10 Tips" for Treating Plantar Fasciitis (aka - "Heel Spurs")

1)    Wear a custom-made prescription orthotic (best treatment) or a high quality pre-made type arch support, like Orthofeet BioSole. - *very important*
2)    Use a plantar fasciitis night splint, while sleeping or sitting down to gently stretch the plantar fascia and prevent it from tightening. - *very important*
3)    Do "runner's stretches" (or other stretches) to stretch the back of the calves and the arch of the foot. - *very important*
4)    Stretch the arch of the foot in bed before getting out of bed in the morning.
5)    Don't run, jog or use stair climbers until the pain resolves.  Wear supportive, cushioned, "athletic" type shoes.
6)    Apply ice to the arch and heel after being active on the foot.
7)   Consider taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), if you can tolerate them, but be cautious of possible dangerous side effects.
8)    Don't climb ladders, don't walk barefoot, avoid going up/down stairs, avoid prolonged walking/standing, don't rest the arch or heel on cross bars and avoid smoking.
9)    If overweight, try to lose weight.
10)  If not improving, see your podiatrist who may be able to offer you other treatments, such as "cortisone" injections, anti-inflammatory medications, extracorporial shock wave therapy, physical therapy, surgery and more.

You don't have to suffer with heel pain.  You can get rid of your heel pain if you follow each of the top 5 suggestions listed above.  If you do each of the top 5 suggestions on a daily basis, you have over a 90% chance of eliminating your pain due to plantar fasciitis (heel spurs). 

Successfully relieving plantar fasciitis heel pain requires using a variety of synergistic treatment modalities.  The goal is to stop the activities which are irritating the plantar fascia, position the foot into the correct anatomical alignment, reduce strain on the plantar fascia while standing/walking, calm down the inflammation and stretch out the plantar fascia, so that it can heal properly in an elongated position.  The longer you let heel pain go untreated, the harder it becomes to eliminate the pain.  For most people, using a combination of arch supports/orthotics, a night splint while sleeping or sitting down, stretching twice daily and modifying their activities is sufficient to make their plantar fasciitis heel pain progressively resolve.  Fortunately, surgery is rarely needed.  Keep a positive attitude and remember that, yes, you can usually eliminate your heel pain by using these treatment suggestions.

Night Splint Models

All of our models are sold at deep discount prices.  Save 42 - 56 % off retail prices!

Royce Airform Night Splint - Sale $49.95     *Our #1 most popular and most comfortable night splint

  Royce FormFit Night Splint  -  Only $54.95

  A-Force Dorsal Night Splint  -  Only $69.95

 Darco Night Splint  -  Only $56.95

  Strassburg Sock Night Splint  -  Only $34.95     *Our lowest cost night splint.

 

Which is style best? 

They all work, but the Royce Airform night splint is the best overall in terms of ease of use, price, comfort and durability.  The Strassburg sock is second most popular and the lowest cost.

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: 
Night Splints are backed by a 30-Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee (less S&H) if they are unused and in new condition.

Which Orthotic / Arch Support Should I Use?

Dr Nelson's comments: 
The best fitting and functioning type of arch support is a custom made prescription orthotic, which can be made by your podiatrist.  Generally, for most people, I recommend trying a pre-made arch support before progressing to an expensive pair of custom made orthotics.  Finding a comfortable and effective pre-made arch support can be difficult.  There are hundreds of varieties on the market and that can make it confusing for customers.  Due to the variations in people's foot shapes, foot problems and style variations in different products, there is no "one type fits all" arch support available.  That's why DrNelsonClinic offers different brands and models like OrthoFeet, SuperFeet, WalkFit and PowerStep to choose among.  Fortunately, for most people, I've found that the OrthoFeet BioSole gel self-molding orthotics work the best and fit almost everybody.  Among the hundreds of pre-made arch supports I've seen and used, the OrthoFeet BioSole models give the best support and pain relief for people with plantar fasciitis and heel pain.  It's by far my favorite model for people with heel pain, due in part to the higher arch and shock absorbing gel under the heel.  Be aware that the standard OrthoFeet BioSole "sport" model is rather thick through the arch and it fits into athletic, work boots and walking shoes, but may not fit into a shallow shoe, like a dress shoe.  If you want to use the OrthoFeet in a shallow shoe, like a dress shoe, then use the "thin-line" or "high heel dress" models.  The "sport" model may also be too high in the arch area for people with very flat feet.  For elderly or arthritic people and those that want extra cushioning and softness under the foot, while still getting extra support under the arch, try the OrthoFeet BioSole "soft" model.  If you don't need extra arch support or heel pain relief  and only want shock absorption and cushioning under the foot, try the OrthoFeet "ThermoFit" model.  After you start using any brand of arch supports, remember to break them in gradually, because is will take some time for the orthotic and your feet to adjust to each other.  I personally use the OrthoFeet BioSole sport model in my athletic shoes and have found them to be as effective and comfortable as my expensive custom prescription orthotics.  But, it did take longer to "break-in" the OrthoFeet supports than my custom orthotics.  If you don't have plantar fasciitis or heel pain or if you have a flat foot and can't tolerate an arch support with a higher arch, but still want great foot support to relieve foot fatigue and strain, you should also consider SuperFeet Synergizer orthotics, which are our most popular arch supports.  SuperFeet Synergizer orthotics have been highly recommended by sports and outdoor publications such as Backpacker
magazine. 

Looking for Orthotics / Arch Supports? 

Visit our Foot Care Store.  We offer a variety of different models from WalkFit, SuperFeet, OrthoFeet, PowerStep and more.

Medical Information and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

For more information on the symptoms and treatment of plantar fasciitis heel pain ("heel spurs"), visit our "Foot and Ankle Medical Information" page.  To read more about different causes of heel pain, click here.

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