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Prevention vs. Night Splint for Plantar Fasciitis



Before a night splint is required for plantar fasciitis, healthcare professionals should counsel their patients to take a variety of proven preventive measures to avoid the painful condition altogether.


First and foremost, the patient should make sure to take good care of his or her feet by wearing shoes with heel cushioning and good arch support.


Patients who must stand on hard surfaces as part of their jobs can take extra precaution by standing on thick rubber mats to reduce stress on their feet.


Other preventive measures include:

• Stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon
• Staying at a healthy weight
• Observing good exercise habits

Patients prone to plantar fasciitis also should be counseled to wear supportive shoes from the very beginning of their day rather than walking barefoot or in slippers, both of which put stress on feet.


Unfortunately, even with the best prevention, sometimes plantar fasciitis will flare up and require treatment.


A night splint for plantar fasciitis can be an excellent alternative in such situations. Night splints keep the foot dorsiflexed at the proper angle to prevent the plantar fascia from tightening up during sleep. The best night splint for plantar fasciitis offers even, comfortable support and proper pressure.


A qualified healthcare professional can review a patient’s symptoms and prescribe the right night splint for his or her plantar fasciitis. Offering the optimal combination of support and comfort, Heelift® AFO is an appropriate choice.


The construction of Heelift AFO is well suited for night splint applications: A semi-rigid polypropylene brace keeps the ankle properly flexed while a soft foam device cradles the foot and ankle, preventing pressure sores as well as injuries to the unaffected leg.


Contact us now for more information on using Heelift AFO as an effective night splint for plantar fasciitis.

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