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wondering about night splints and other treatments

Posted by Mary Ann on 1/08/99 at 00:00 (003153)

I have had severe heel pain since Sept. I had been treated for a herniated disc and began walking and the the pain started. I wear orthoticsand the ones I have had for 8years, are made of non flelible material. I have taken Naproxyn, Relaphen with no relief of pain. I had another orthotic made by physical therapy which can only be used in my walking shoes and did not help. I went to a podiatrist and taping of my foot only made it more painful. He said to wear my old orthotic and started on Cataflan. It was wonderful. I had immediate relief of most of the pain and occcassionally would have more intense but it did not last. I felt I was getting better because I was only taking the med. 2x day for a few days and then i ran out. It has only been 1 day and my severe pain is back. My ankle gets sore and also my leg and shopping a little. I have been doing the ice, massage, calf stretch, putting a towel around the ball of my foot in the am. I have not really had more pain in the a.m. it is always. I went to check on a night splint because the dr. thought it might help anyway and the cost was $277.00. I could have cried. It really doesn't seem like things really help this problem fromwhat I have been reading. I have been out of work since July because of my back problem and can not imagine returning(I am a nurse, and on my feet all shift) with this pain. Sorry this is so long, hope someone will take time to read it and offer your suggestions.

Re: wondering about night splints and other treatments

Bea on 1/08/99 at 00:00 (003161)

I can just tell you what seems to help with some. Icing, accupuncture Birkenstocks, read all the messages on this board there is a wealth of info.

Re: wondering about night splints and other treatments

Robin on 1/09/99 at 00:00 (003172)

There are night splints available on the Internet for around $75-$90. I think if you go back to the main document (maybe in the product section?), Scott has included a photo of one. There may be a distributor listed also under products. Also, you can use any search engine to bring up night splints and see a selection of what's available. I also have this printed catalog a friend gave me that shows a night splint for $60. Check out http://www.feelgoodcatalog.com .

I like the theory of a night splint because I think it keeps the foot in proper flexion, but I also have doubts about whether constantly stretching for 6-8 hours while asleep might damage the Achilles tendon. For myself, my PF is tough enough -- but I CAN get around if I don't overdo it. So I am very concerned about not trying remedies that might worsen it. Some of the night splints available look like monstrous contraptions -- hard to believe they would help from the look of them. A few people have posted success with night splints but there have also been some who have been damaged by them. That maks me cautious.

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Cheryl R. on 1/09/99 at 00:00 (003174)

I've had a heel spur for over 2 years and recently had surgery. Before the surgery I tried the night splint. It made it worse. The pain was much worse than before I used the night splint. The only relief I got was buying new shoes (running shoes by Nike) and using orthonics in them. I also had my foot in a cast for 6 weeks prior to the surgery. This helped to a certain extent, but as soon as the cast was removed, 2 days later the pain started all over again. I'm not sure there is a cure for heel pain. I've had the surgery and still have severe pain in the mornings and after getting up from sitting. I can't work my evening job because I can't stand on my feet for long periods of time. Good luck with whatever you try. I hope it works for you.

Re: wondering about night splints and other treatments

Gina on 1/09/99 at 00:00 (003178)

If the Cataflam was so helpful, why not ask for another prescription; I was on Cataflam for 3 months, but it did not ease the pain. Also, you might check and see if your doctor can prescribe a night splint or make one in his office; that way, your insurance would probably cover it. My night splint was made during an office visit and billed to insurance, which paid it 90% (and I don't have a great insurance plan!). For me, the night splint was uncomfortable, but I did get used to it. Unfortunately, neither it, nor casting, helped me.

Re: wondering about night splints and other treatments

cheryl on 1/09/99 at 00:00 (003193)

Why use an expensive night splint when you can use the sock
recommended on this web site. I use the sock and it does help.
Its not a cure but does give me some relief.

Re: wondering about night splints and other treatments

Karen on 1/10/99 at 00:00 (003208)


I am a new viewer on this page and was wondering what you meant by a sock----knowing you mean something to wear at night, but where do you get it?

Thanks for your help