The first few steps of the morning can really tell you how the rest of your day is going to go. If you’ve got plantar fasciitis, then those steps will tell you one thing: your day is going to be marked by foot pain.
Luckily, night splints are a good solution to morning pain and to plantar fasciitis in general. These cast-like contraptions may look a bit dorky, but they do a great job keeping your plantar fasciia nice and limber all night long.
In fact, people who wear a splint sometimes claim that this step completely resolves their pain.
The best night splints for plantar fasciitis come in two varieties. Dorsal splints attach to the top of your foot and your shin, keeping your toes pointed at a ninety degree angle to your leg. Boot splints are, well, big boots. We’ll review both types in this article. Different people will prefer different types.
The straps are nice and stretchy and the sock-like part fits wider feet with ease, even supporting your tender arch if you have to get up and walk in the night. Yes, that’s right: I said walk. It won’t fit into a shoe, but you can absolutely perambulate in these puppies, which will be a relief for anyone who has ever felt trapped in a boot and also makes this boot one of the best plantar fasciitis night splints. All the problems of big splints, from heat retention to the sheer weight of the things to the price, the Cramer E4 attempts to address.
Unfortunately, while the Cramer E4 does fit wide feet nicely, it isn’t always an ideal choice for smaller ones. If you wear a small shoe, try the smallest size option first.
Is your current boot hard and uncomfortable? Here’s another option. This United Ortho model is padded for comfort both on the hard plastic shell that gives it its shape and on the straps that hold it in place.
The idea is to keep your foot at a right angle, so you’re not exactly supposed to walk in this. Nevertheless, it features a little traction on the bottom in case you have to hobble around in the night.
The one problem with this splint is that it’s possible to over-tighten it. Whenever you’re buckling into a device meant to treat plantar fasciitis, make sure you can fit two fingers between your skin and the strap. This way, you’ll avoid cutting off your circulation.
Here’s another dorsal budget-buster: an adjustable splint that comes ready to use. Most dorsal splints shine when it comes to storage, but this onereally takes the cake, as evidenced by its arrival in its very own box.
Just like with the Cramer E4, you’ll be able to walk in this, although you might look a little funny doing so; the Futuro will keep your foot firmly at a ninety degree angle. The brace itself is made of hard polypropylene. The polyester straps that attach it to your foot may take a little time to adjust quite right. But all that effort may be worthwhile. This is by far the best-looking, least obtrusive splint on this list. It’s tiny, it’s flexible, and it’s very unlikely to give your partner any deep bruises if you flop over in your sleep.
A classic boot, this no-nonsense model will neither mess around nor apologize for the fact that it’s a medical device. Don’t expect to walk down the runway in this charmer. That said, it’s very good at what it does. When the diagonal strap is correctly adjusted, your foot will rest on the bottom of the shell just as though you were standing on a solid surface.
If you’ve been having trouble with your foot sliding out of other boots, then MARS products might be just the ticket. Their boots strap you in nice and tight with three sturdy velcros, one each on the shin, ankle and foot.
According to customers and podiatrists alike this is among the best plantar fasciitis night splints. While its design is fairly standard for a posterior boot, and therefore a bit bulky, the boot is extremely effective at correcting plantar fasciitis. (It’s also not nearly as huge as some of the other most effective plantar fasciitis splints. At the end of the day, any corrective splint is going to be a bit inconvenient.) It even comes with a 60-day warranty. That’s a sign that the manufacturer is confident in their product, and the reasons are clear based on the results.
The splint features buckling straps for the legs and sturdy rivets that hold those straps on the shell and add to the splint’s durability. Like other rigid splints, expect to find some unconventional means of storing this device. It won’t fold easily into a drawer.
Even the best night splints for plantar fasciitis can’t take the place of exercise, orthotics, and the attention of a skilled podiatrist. But some of these models can definitely improve your quality of life, and who doesn’t want that? Once you find the right model for you, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to take those first few steps in the morning and keep moving for the rest of the day. Talk to your doctor about finding a good splint. Odds are good that they already have one in mind that’s perfect for your foot’s specialized size and needs.
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