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Night splints in the Uk?

Posted by AmyM on 7/06/00 at 14:15 (022909)

I am in the UK, I've had pf for ten years, doctors have been very unhelpful( its all in my head, like having an ingrown toenail, learn to put up with it etc etc) Has any one in the uk been prescribed night splints or are they not really used here.
I only found this message board last week, I'm going back to my doctor to see if I can get another referral to the physio and see if the streches on this web site help.
If anyone has any websites/ addresses for uk suppliers I would be grateful to hear from them.

you know you have pf when.... you envy your Gran's walking stick!

Amy


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Melody on 7/06/00 at 15:22 (022913)

Hi Amy,
I am in the UK too. Have had PF for just over a year. I have had ultrasound, and pain killers but not tried anything else yet. My foot is getting worse so I shall be back to the GP soon!

I haven't been to my GP much over my foot but my hand is another story!!! Keep going back and making a nuisance of yourself! Don't take 'its all in your head' cos you know its not. Do you get on with your GP otherwise? If not then consider changing. You need someone who will support and help you, not make you feel as if you are imagining this!

Good luck

Mel


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

AmyM on 7/06/00 at 15:51 (022914)

Dear Mel
thanks for replying, before I found this website, I thought I was the only person in the world who felt like this. If my friends hear me say 'my feet hurt' one more time. I think they'll strangle me!
I had the ultransound, but I also have achilles tendonitis and if anything I thought it made matters worse. I've been offered painkillers numerous times, but this started when I was 12 years old and I didn't want to be taking drugs everyday for the rest of my life, however ten years on i've mellowed somewhat and I take them when its really sore.
I've just moved to another area, so I have a new GP, whether or not shes any good remains to be seen. Fingers crossed.

AmyM


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Melody on 7/06/00 at 16:19 (022916)

Amy,
You were very young when all this started. I found the ultrasound made things worse too. I could never walk for the day after I had it and after 6 sessions I decided that it was not working!

I tried NSAIDs when my foot was first bad but can't take them for very long because I get stomach pains.... not good! I take other pain killers for my hand which I think help me feet - not sure though!!!

Have you seen an ortho about your foot/feet yet? I am not sure whether this is a good idea or not.... after such a long time it would surely be worth it. Have you visited a podiatrist? I have been told that it is well worth it, but your GP cannot always refer you. Would be worth speaking to your GP about it.

Good luck
Mel


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Pauline on 7/06/00 at 16:46 (022920)

Amy,
Scott does have a link to night splints on this site. Maybe you
can order directly from the company. I have also found sites on the
internet that will sell you night splints. The next time you go
to your Dr. you may want to arm yourself with letters from people
posting on this board. I do this because it helps put PF in prospective better than anything I could say to him directly. Sometimes I mail copies to him ahead of my visit asking him to read them to prepare for my visit. I think he has learned a lot from
reading them, at least he doesn't say the pain is in my head anymore.

Re: Night splints in the Uk?

AmyM on 7/07/00 at 06:13 (022951)

Dear All
Good to hear from others in the same boat. i've seen about 4 GP's, 2 orthapeadic surgeons , a neurosurgeon
( and a partridge in a pear tree!!). I think this is something I'm going to have to figure out on my own! ( well not entirely on my own now I've found this website)

AmyM


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Truffle on 7/07/00 at 16:56 (023003)

Hi Amy, yes, night splints are available in UK, however, mine were fashioned by the occupational therapist at my local physio hospital dept, from some hardening material, velcro and sticky tape. Blue Peter came to mind...... I've found such difficulty in getting the pain of this condition across to the 'specialists' - there isn't the choice of consultants to see that there seems to be in the US, but I guess we have to keep pushing. Good luck with getting those splints, T.

Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Melody on 7/06/00 at 15:22 (022913)

Hi Amy,
I am in the UK too. Have had PF for just over a year. I have had ultrasound, and pain killers but not tried anything else yet. My foot is getting worse so I shall be back to the GP soon!

I haven't been to my GP much over my foot but my hand is another story!!! Keep going back and making a nuisance of yourself! Don't take 'its all in your head' cos you know its not. Do you get on with your GP otherwise? If not then consider changing. You need someone who will support and help you, not make you feel as if you are imagining this!

Good luck

Mel


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

AmyM on 7/06/00 at 15:51 (022914)

Dear Mel
thanks for replying, before I found this website, I thought I was the only person in the world who felt like this. If my friends hear me say 'my feet hurt' one more time. I think they'll strangle me!
I had the ultransound, but I also have achilles tendonitis and if anything I thought it made matters worse. I've been offered painkillers numerous times, but this started when I was 12 years old and I didn't want to be taking drugs everyday for the rest of my life, however ten years on i've mellowed somewhat and I take them when its really sore.
I've just moved to another area, so I have a new GP, whether or not shes any good remains to be seen. Fingers crossed.

AmyM


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Melody on 7/06/00 at 16:19 (022916)

Amy,
You were very young when all this started. I found the ultrasound made things worse too. I could never walk for the day after I had it and after 6 sessions I decided that it was not working!

I tried NSAIDs when my foot was first bad but can't take them for very long because I get stomach pains.... not good! I take other pain killers for my hand which I think help me feet - not sure though!!!

Have you seen an ortho about your foot/feet yet? I am not sure whether this is a good idea or not.... after such a long time it would surely be worth it. Have you visited a podiatrist? I have been told that it is well worth it, but your GP cannot always refer you. Would be worth speaking to your GP about it.

Good luck
Mel


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Pauline on 7/06/00 at 16:46 (022920)

Amy,
Scott does have a link to night splints on this site. Maybe you
can order directly from the company. I have also found sites on the
internet that will sell you night splints. The next time you go
to your Dr. you may want to arm yourself with letters from people
posting on this board. I do this because it helps put PF in prospective better than anything I could say to him directly. Sometimes I mail copies to him ahead of my visit asking him to read them to prepare for my visit. I think he has learned a lot from
reading them, at least he doesn't say the pain is in my head anymore.

Re: Night splints in the Uk?

AmyM on 7/07/00 at 06:13 (022951)

Dear All
Good to hear from others in the same boat. i've seen about 4 GP's, 2 orthapeadic surgeons , a neurosurgeon
( and a partridge in a pear tree!!). I think this is something I'm going to have to figure out on my own! ( well not entirely on my own now I've found this website)

AmyM


Re: Night splints in the Uk?

Truffle on 7/07/00 at 16:56 (023003)

Hi Amy, yes, night splints are available in UK, however, mine were fashioned by the occupational therapist at my local physio hospital dept, from some hardening material, velcro and sticky tape. Blue Peter came to mind...... I've found such difficulty in getting the pain of this condition across to the 'specialists' - there isn't the choice of consultants to see that there seems to be in the US, but I guess we have to keep pushing. Good luck with getting those splints, T.