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Where do you buy night splints?

Posted by Sue Braddock on 8/18/98 at 23:34 (001366)

I have had PF now for 6 months--both feet. I went to my HMO and he told me there wasn't much he could do for me because I had nerve involvement with my PF--he did not think surgery would be a good idea (that's fine with me) Orthotics don't help--I've tried 2 custom and the Spencos. Stretching hasn't helped.

I want to try night splints. Do you have to have a perscription and go to and orthopedic store? There appear to be several different kinds of night splints as well as homemade ones.

I thought I read a post a while back that they can make your achilles tendons hurt. Has this happened to anyone?

If anyone can tell me where to go to get the nights splints I would appreciate it. I live in LA, but just a general answer of the type of place to go and what to look for would help.

If you could e-mail me it would be great. suedusty@aol.com

Thanks a lot.


Re: Where do you buy night splints?

Debra on 8/19/98 at 19:04 (001373)

My physical therepist gave me an order form from BIODEX Medical. There is a splint he recommended for night therephy. It's called 'Adjustable Ultra Plantar Fasciitis Spling' Cost is only $48.75 for whatever size you are. S-M-L-XL Womens, or same for men.

I have not ordered it, as my insurance is covering the rental of a 'DYNO' splint. This think is state of the art, and rents at $230/month. To buy it is $1,500.

I will tell you the splint has helped me. It's a temporary relief, but it's helped. The salesman told me to wear it through the night, but I have never made it through the night because my foot starts getting uncomfortable, or I feel my foot/leg falling asleep. I wear it long enough to give me relief. In the morning, before I get out of bed, I wear it for about 10 minutes, and I can walk. When I was having a bad day, I would put it on for about 10 minutes, and be painfree for a little bit.

Miracuously, I am painfree right now. I have not put the splint on for days. I don't know what happened. Since Physical Therepy I learned a lot of different exercises, mostly stretching, then with my splint, I was doing pretty good. I do not want to get over confident because I am afraid it will come back. I have suffered with PF for almost four years now, so it's hard for me to believe it is gone. By the way, it got to its' worst this year. Unbearable, can't stand it anymore kind of pain. SO, being painfree at this present day could be a trick. I'll keep you posted.

Best of LUCK