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night splints in UK

Posted by peter f on 11/17/02 at 14:04 (100511)

Does anybody know where I could buy night splints in the Uk?

Re: night splints in UK

AmyM on 11/18/02 at 09:32 (100556)

nope, I bought mine from Scott on heelspurs. He ships internationally.

Re: night splints in UK

peter f on 11/19/02 at 04:36 (100619)

Thanks Amy-were they helpful? People often write that they are good for morning pain but do they help PF generally?

Re: night splints in UK

Julie on 11/19/02 at 08:40 (100623)

Peter, the function of the night splint is to hold the foot in a gently dorsiflexed position over a sustained period of time. This helps to avoid the first step pain by avoiding the inevitable plantar flexing of the foot overnight.

If the calf muscles and achilles tendon are tight (true in many if not all cases of PF) the night splint helps to lengthen them over a period of time, and this reduces the tension on the plantar fascia.

Re: night splints in UK

peter f on 11/19/02 at 14:15 (100651)

Thanks Julie-I really do not think my achilles are tight-if I stretch I really do have to lean forwards a long way to feel any pull.

Re: night splints in UK

AmyM on 11/19/02 at 16:21 (100666)

I don't have straight forward PF, I find them difficult to sleep in and I've never had any first step pain, so I mostly use mine for icing before I go to sleep, I find them very helpful for that. I guess it depends on your diagnosis, but I think the people who see the most benefit from nightsplints are those with severe pain on their first few steps.

Re: night splints in UK

peter f on 11/26/02 at 11:00 (101185)

thanks Amy-thats my conclusion from reading the boards

Re: night splints in UK

AmyM on 11/18/02 at 09:32 (100556)

nope, I bought mine from Scott on heelspurs. He ships internationally.

Re: night splints in UK

peter f on 11/19/02 at 04:36 (100619)

Thanks Amy-were they helpful? People often write that they are good for morning pain but do they help PF generally?

Re: night splints in UK

Julie on 11/19/02 at 08:40 (100623)

Peter, the function of the night splint is to hold the foot in a gently dorsiflexed position over a sustained period of time. This helps to avoid the first step pain by avoiding the inevitable plantar flexing of the foot overnight.

If the calf muscles and achilles tendon are tight (true in many if not all cases of PF) the night splint helps to lengthen them over a period of time, and this reduces the tension on the plantar fascia.

Re: night splints in UK

peter f on 11/19/02 at 14:15 (100651)

Thanks Julie-I really do not think my achilles are tight-if I stretch I really do have to lean forwards a long way to feel any pull.

Re: night splints in UK

AmyM on 11/19/02 at 16:21 (100666)

I don't have straight forward PF, I find them difficult to sleep in and I've never had any first step pain, so I mostly use mine for icing before I go to sleep, I find them very helpful for that. I guess it depends on your diagnosis, but I think the people who see the most benefit from nightsplints are those with severe pain on their first few steps.

Re: night splints in UK

peter f on 11/26/02 at 11:00 (101185)

thanks Amy-thats my conclusion from reading the boards