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Do night splints work?

Posted by Melissa on 5/09/98 at 07:22 (000130)

My podiatrist prescribed a night splint that holds my foot at an 85 degree angle (5 degrees of toes pointed toward my face). I've worn it for two nights, and it's very uncomfortable. In fact, the pain in my foot awakened me this morning. Is this a matter of just getting used to the splint? Has anyone had any success with night splints?

Re: Do night splints work?

Merlyn on 5/09/98 at 21:06 (000131)

Yes they help a little...I've been wearing them for 2 years. You get use to them...I feel like I'm in full combat as I have one for each foot. A cast was the only thing that really helped the pain..GOOD LUCK

Re: Do night splints work?

Brenda on 5/09/98 at 22:11 (000132)

Do the night splints help enough that you would recommend them?

Re: Do night splints work?

Diane R. on 5/10/98 at 18:09 (000133)

My experience with night splints was the same as you describe. More pain, uncomfortable and they disturbed my sleep too much. I only wore them for about 2 weeks and decided to quit and am glad I did. My personal opinion was (and still is) that anything that did not make my PF feel better was not going to prove helpful in the long run.

My approach with Birkenstocks was the same - I was going to give them a two week trial. The experience, however, was just the opposite - everyday the shoes felt alittle more comfortable and with continued use, my feet did get better. After 3 mths - almost no pain - and now I'm at the completely pain free point after an entire year of wearing them.

My experience says ... Let YOUR FEET tell you what works best for you.
P.S. Glucosamine - gave it two weeks and felt it also was a big help. Still on it once a day (total 500 mg).