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Night Splints?

Posted by Lucy W. on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016543)

What are Night Splints and where do I get them?
Do you think they are helpful? Appreciate your input.Lucy W.

Re: Night Splints?

alan k on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015755)

You should be stretching AND using the nightsplint. A good indicator of whether a nightsplint will help, after using it 1-2 months, is whether stretching provides some temporary relief. If it does, then a nightsplint is a good idea to try for 1-2 months. But it might be good to try anyway.

I have atypical foot pain symptoms and the nightsplint gives me some help.

What do you mean by it hurts too much to wear it? The pressure of the splint on the bottom of your feet? Is it angled too sharply and stretching too much? Do your feet hurt if you press on them with your fingers?

alan k


Re: Night Splints?

salina on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015765)

My feet would be in so much pain by bedtime. When I would put the splints on, after maybe an hour or less, I would start to feel a twinge or pulling feeling in my arches and would be too scared to leave them on. I have a question. My doctor had me lie on my stomach and bend at the knes so my feet were up in the air. Then someone came and wet these plaster things so they would bend to my feet and had me stay in that position for a few minutes until the plaster hardened. They gave me ace bandages that I wrap around my foot and splint to hold them in place. Sometimes if not careful, they get too tight and I wake up with my foot or feet going numb. I am getting better at it though. Is this the normal way for the doctor to make a splint, because sometimes I think maybe one of them in stretching my foot too much. I have been looking at the ones I saw on the internet that I could purchase myself. They look better and easier to use because instead of wrapping and clipping them, there are just velcro straps to fasten. My husband is in the military and has been away for the past few days, so I didn't use them because I have babies and small children and usually have to get up at least once in the night for one of them. I think they take turns. Anyway, I don't mean to ramble on. The splints seem to make a difference the times that I have been able to wear them all night.
thank you for replying back to me. I used to be too active to even sit at the computer. So it is strange to be spending so much time on this thing, but I feel so much better knowing I am not alone. I was so happy when I came across this board. It helped pull me out of depression.

Re: Night Splints?

Colleen G on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015769)

Salina,

My primary care physician also specializes in sports medicine. He initially made me a night splint. He had me sit on the exam table and just casted me with the fiber glass casting material. He positioned my foot to a 90 degree angle and casted me. After the cast dried he cut a 'gutter' in it. Then he gave me an ace bandage to keep it in place.

Unfortunately, I only wore it for about two hours because I had an allergic reaction to the material.

I think that if you can afford it that you should buy one online. I just purchased mine about a month ago. I had surgery on one foot and now I have PF in my other foot. Fortunately, not as bad as in the other. I figured that I better just order a night splint so hopefully, it won't become as bad as the other.



Re: Night Splints?

julie p. on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015793)

My doctor also made my splints the way your did. I think they help alot and I try to wear them every night. I skip when I'm unusually lazy or grumpy and the next morning I wish I had taken the time. I have thrown away my clips. After I wrap them on fairly loosely I weave the remaining ace bandage through the wrap or tie very loose near my shin. I only rewrap every two, three or four nights. I pull the splint on and off like a boot. The Ace bandage becomes rolled up and less attractive (HA HA!, it was so attractive to begin with!) but it takes SO much less time to put it on i end up using them more often. I will also hobble to the bathroom wearing them in the middle of the night and if my babies (who are now six and eight) call out I will hobble over there as well. I scared my sister-in-law, who was visiting from out-of-state, when I appeared in the kitchen wearing them one morning. Recently my dog chewed some of the felt off one splint and exposed the fiberglass. I covered the entire splint with an old soft kneesock. (I only like to wear the Thorlo socks during the day, I think they help too.) I am considering purchasing the splints mentioned on this site. My new podietrist told me if I buy them from him they would be $125.00 each and he said as long as they are keeping my feet at an angle any contraption should help.

Also - in the beginning the Physical Therapist told me I was wrapping them way too tight. I would burn or ache above my toes on the top of my foot. It seemed really weird at first wrapping them soft and loose,
but they still help alot. good luck!


Re: Night Splints?

salina on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015797)

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I,too, hate the aggravation of putting them on after a long, painful day when all I want to do is throw myself in bed. I keep thinking this is going to end with a good night's sleep. But I know I have to get serious with the splints. This is definately not easing up on its own. Thanks

Re: Night Splints?

john h on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016551)

lucy: use your search engine and look for 'night splints'. there are many kinds. if your dr prescribes them they will probably be free so ask him/

Re: Night Splints?

Stephanie S. on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016566)

Hi Lucy!! I've been wearing the night splints since August. I have found that it helps alot with the morning pain. Their big...their cold...and they remind you of ski boots...but they seem to work for
me. Laurie...maybe you haven't been using them long enough. Try them
a little while longer to see if you have any improvement. I wonder if
they're not adjusted correctly.(The angle I mean). I was given mine by
my ortho-surgeon. The smallest size was a medium. When I first started
using them ..I didn't see any improvement either. My heal would raise up...it was almost like not wearing them. They didn't stabilize my feet any. My husband suggested I put a wash cloth around my foot and as crazy as it sounds ....it works well. Lucy...before I ordered them
...like John says...see if your doctor can prescribe them for you. I guess I was lucky in the fact ...that I left the doctor's office with
them and only had to pay my co-pay. They'll take you a while to get use to them. It's hard to get in the right position. A pillow seems to
help me. I'd like to know John...how did you bust your boot? Their so
hard...I can't imagine. I found that humorous!! Good luck to you. I have an appt. tomorrow. See if anything new is said. Stephanie

Re: Night Splints?

Jane M. on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016571)

I have worn night splints for several months. I even wear them while I'm sitting watching TV,etc. They give almost instant relief after being on my feet a while. My splints were prescribed by a specialist and made by a particular company where I live. They are worth their weight in gold for me. Jane S.

Re: Night Splints?

Mike W on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016573)

Hello Lucy,

Night splints seem to help some and not others. I have never tried them but would like to offer my observations. They can be uncomfortable which can affect the quality of sleep. If you do not sleep well with them then you are depriving your natural healing ablity. It does not make sense to stretch one or two muscles for 6-8 hours at a time. There are 28 lower leg muscles that either attach to or pass through the heel or toe bones. It is not enough to just stretch, you also need to strengthen these muscles as well. For more info on an effective alternative do a word search on Personal Foot Trainers.

Regards,
Mike W


Re: Night Splints?

Rosie A on 2/29/00 at 00:00 (016590)

I have been wearing a night split on my left leg since January and it has been the only thing that has helped me relieve the morning pain. It took some getting used to but now I can sleep the night away. I got mine from my podiatrist. I've also started alternating legs because my right foot was starting to act up again. I'm actually beginning to make progress. It can't hurt to try it. Who know, it might help you too. Good luck!

Re: Night Splints?

alan k on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015755)

You should be stretching AND using the nightsplint. A good indicator of whether a nightsplint will help, after using it 1-2 months, is whether stretching provides some temporary relief. If it does, then a nightsplint is a good idea to try for 1-2 months. But it might be good to try anyway.

I have atypical foot pain symptoms and the nightsplint gives me some help.

What do you mean by it hurts too much to wear it? The pressure of the splint on the bottom of your feet? Is it angled too sharply and stretching too much? Do your feet hurt if you press on them with your fingers?

alan k


Re: Night Splints?

salina on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015765)

My feet would be in so much pain by bedtime. When I would put the splints on, after maybe an hour or less, I would start to feel a twinge or pulling feeling in my arches and would be too scared to leave them on. I have a question. My doctor had me lie on my stomach and bend at the knes so my feet were up in the air. Then someone came and wet these plaster things so they would bend to my feet and had me stay in that position for a few minutes until the plaster hardened. They gave me ace bandages that I wrap around my foot and splint to hold them in place. Sometimes if not careful, they get too tight and I wake up with my foot or feet going numb. I am getting better at it though. Is this the normal way for the doctor to make a splint, because sometimes I think maybe one of them in stretching my foot too much. I have been looking at the ones I saw on the internet that I could purchase myself. They look better and easier to use because instead of wrapping and clipping them, there are just velcro straps to fasten. My husband is in the military and has been away for the past few days, so I didn't use them because I have babies and small children and usually have to get up at least once in the night for one of them. I think they take turns. Anyway, I don't mean to ramble on. The splints seem to make a difference the times that I have been able to wear them all night.
thank you for replying back to me. I used to be too active to even sit at the computer. So it is strange to be spending so much time on this thing, but I feel so much better knowing I am not alone. I was so happy when I came across this board. It helped pull me out of depression.

Re: Night Splints?

Colleen G on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015769)

Salina,

My primary care physician also specializes in sports medicine. He initially made me a night splint. He had me sit on the exam table and just casted me with the fiber glass casting material. He positioned my foot to a 90 degree angle and casted me. After the cast dried he cut a 'gutter' in it. Then he gave me an ace bandage to keep it in place.

Unfortunately, I only wore it for about two hours because I had an allergic reaction to the material.

I think that if you can afford it that you should buy one online. I just purchased mine about a month ago. I had surgery on one foot and now I have PF in my other foot. Fortunately, not as bad as in the other. I figured that I better just order a night splint so hopefully, it won't become as bad as the other.



Re: Night Splints?

julie p. on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015793)

My doctor also made my splints the way your did. I think they help alot and I try to wear them every night. I skip when I'm unusually lazy or grumpy and the next morning I wish I had taken the time. I have thrown away my clips. After I wrap them on fairly loosely I weave the remaining ace bandage through the wrap or tie very loose near my shin. I only rewrap every two, three or four nights. I pull the splint on and off like a boot. The Ace bandage becomes rolled up and less attractive (HA HA!, it was so attractive to begin with!) but it takes SO much less time to put it on i end up using them more often. I will also hobble to the bathroom wearing them in the middle of the night and if my babies (who are now six and eight) call out I will hobble over there as well. I scared my sister-in-law, who was visiting from out-of-state, when I appeared in the kitchen wearing them one morning. Recently my dog chewed some of the felt off one splint and exposed the fiberglass. I covered the entire splint with an old soft kneesock. (I only like to wear the Thorlo socks during the day, I think they help too.) I am considering purchasing the splints mentioned on this site. My new podietrist told me if I buy them from him they would be $125.00 each and he said as long as they are keeping my feet at an angle any contraption should help.

Also - in the beginning the Physical Therapist told me I was wrapping them way too tight. I would burn or ache above my toes on the top of my foot. It seemed really weird at first wrapping them soft and loose,
but they still help alot. good luck!


Re: Night Splints?

salina on 2/12/00 at 00:00 (015797)

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I,too, hate the aggravation of putting them on after a long, painful day when all I want to do is throw myself in bed. I keep thinking this is going to end with a good night's sleep. But I know I have to get serious with the splints. This is definately not easing up on its own. Thanks

Re: Night Splints?

john h on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016551)

lucy: use your search engine and look for 'night splints'. there are many kinds. if your dr prescribes them they will probably be free so ask him/

Re: Night Splints?

Stephanie S. on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016566)

Hi Lucy!! I've been wearing the night splints since August. I have found that it helps alot with the morning pain. Their big...their cold...and they remind you of ski boots...but they seem to work for
me. Laurie...maybe you haven't been using them long enough. Try them
a little while longer to see if you have any improvement. I wonder if
they're not adjusted correctly.(The angle I mean). I was given mine by
my ortho-surgeon. The smallest size was a medium. When I first started
using them ..I didn't see any improvement either. My heal would raise up...it was almost like not wearing them. They didn't stabilize my feet any. My husband suggested I put a wash cloth around my foot and as crazy as it sounds ....it works well. Lucy...before I ordered them
...like John says...see if your doctor can prescribe them for you. I guess I was lucky in the fact ...that I left the doctor's office with
them and only had to pay my co-pay. They'll take you a while to get use to them. It's hard to get in the right position. A pillow seems to
help me. I'd like to know John...how did you bust your boot? Their so
hard...I can't imagine. I found that humorous!! Good luck to you. I have an appt. tomorrow. See if anything new is said. Stephanie

Re: Night Splints?

Jane M. on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016571)

I have worn night splints for several months. I even wear them while I'm sitting watching TV,etc. They give almost instant relief after being on my feet a while. My splints were prescribed by a specialist and made by a particular company where I live. They are worth their weight in gold for me. Jane S.

Re: Night Splints?

Mike W on 2/28/00 at 00:00 (016573)

Hello Lucy,

Night splints seem to help some and not others. I have never tried them but would like to offer my observations. They can be uncomfortable which can affect the quality of sleep. If you do not sleep well with them then you are depriving your natural healing ablity. It does not make sense to stretch one or two muscles for 6-8 hours at a time. There are 28 lower leg muscles that either attach to or pass through the heel or toe bones. It is not enough to just stretch, you also need to strengthen these muscles as well. For more info on an effective alternative do a word search on Personal Foot Trainers.

Regards,
Mike W


Re: Night Splints?

Rosie A on 2/29/00 at 00:00 (016590)

I have been wearing a night split on my left leg since January and it has been the only thing that has helped me relieve the morning pain. It took some getting used to but now I can sleep the night away. I got mine from my podiatrist. I've also started alternating legs because my right foot was starting to act up again. I'm actually beginning to make progress. It can't hurt to try it. Who know, it might help you too. Good luck!