Re: night splints-do they work?

Posted by Rudy on November 13, 1998 at 08:48:30:
Night splinting has shown positive results for many. In a recent study (about 3 years ago) at Wake Forest University Sports Medicine Group, splinting (along with a combination of stretching exercises, orthotics and anti-inflammatories) showed extremely positive results. I have a friend who participated in these studies, so I have good second hand information. I also have first hand information: The splint has worked well for me (very little morning pain). I am told the key is to get about 10 degrees of dorsiflexion on the foot and maintain it in that position during sleep. Also, there is a sock - Thorlos - that provides cushioning and functions almost as an orthotic. I use these for running and other sports, and they seem to have had a positive effect on my condition.

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