Suffering from plantar fasciitis? Many people sleep with their feet pointed down, contributing to a shortening of the plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the front of the foot and Achilles tendon, causing pain. For a non-evasive way to help reduce pain, consider these wallet-friendly splints designed to help keep feet at a 90-degree angle by applying a constant, consistent strain while sleeping. Night splints can be especially helpful for patients who are required by their doctor to do routine stretching to alleviate pain and discomfort, but don’t always follow through. These splints can take some getting used to, so consider wearing them several hours during the day to get accustomed to their fit and feel. And remember to always ask a doctor for a recommendation before selecting any medical device. Here, FN has curated a series of splints that can be adjusted for a customized fit.
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1. Mars Wellness Plantar Fasciitis Posterior Night Splint
Each adjust for a customized fit, and soft inner lining on pads cushion the foot for even more comfort.
Pros: It’s recommended to wear two to three hours during the day before all night wear.
Cons: They may be difficult to walk in for sudden night trips to the bathroom.
2. Vive Night Splint Plus Spike Ball
The amount of stretch can be customized with two padded stretch wedges that can be used to elevate the foot to ensure proper positioning for maximum pain relief. It also comes with an extra toe wedge and roller ball for an easy foot massage.
Pros: The hard shell is padded with a foam liner designed to prevent irritation and can be removed for easy washing, while the wide straps keep the foot in place. It’s also available in four sizes.
Cons: It can be slippery when walking.
3. Soulern Foot Drop Night Splint
Adjustable support comfortably aids in reducing morning heel pain. A bendable, lightweight aluminum bar at the instep keep feet at a comfortable 90-degree angle.
Pros: Fits most adult feet. Foam padding is smooth against the foot. Adjustable elastic strap prevent the splint from rotating during the night.
Cons: It may not suitable for those with wider calves.