Foot Braces- How can they help reduce pain from Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis?
Pain from conditions such as heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can keep you off of your feet. Most treatment options say to rest as much as possible and to control any swelling. But walking is a critical part of our lives.
So many people find it’s impossible to rest their feet long enough for their injuries to heal. Luckily, night splint foot braces are able to help treat the pain caused by these conditions while you sleep. Let’s talk about common foot conditions.
What is a heel spur?
In normal feet, the heel is perfectly smooth and round in shape. A heel spur is a hooked-shaped piece of bone which grows out of the heel bone. This causes tenderness and pain around the bottom of the heel. A severe case from it will make it very hard to walk. A heel spur often occurs alongside of plantar fasciitis, but they are not the same.
The most common causes of heel spurs are repeated trauma to the heel, being over weight, wearing poor fitting shoes, or poor walking technique. Heel spurs can also be inherited. Wearing foot braces helps relieve the swelling caused by heel spur by keeping weight off the foot.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which connects the toes to the heel bone. It also makes up the arch of the foot. It is a painful condition which happens when the tissue under the foot becomes swollen. It’s very painful and can make it very hard to walk.
Dancers and athletes who run and jump a lot are at the most risk of developing this condition. The most common causes of plantar fasciitis are problems with foot arches and drastic changes in weight. Wearing shoes with poor arch support, running long distances, and tight calf muscles are also other factors.
The most common complaint is pain and stiffness along the bottom of the foot and heel. The heel pain can either be sharp or dull. While, the bottom of the foot can also be very sore. Plantar fasciitis is treated with pain medications, stretching exercises and wearing shoes with good arch support. Foot braces can be worn to help stretch the calf muscle.
How effective are night splint braces for treating plantar fasciitis?
A Texas study on patients with plantar fasciitis was done to see how effective using night splint foot braces were in treating the condition.
The patients were broken up into two groups. One group was treated with pain medication and physical therapy. The other was treated with the same therapy, but the patients wore the braces too.
After three months of testing, 68 percent of patients found that the night splint foot braces showed improvement. Members of the second group used less pain medication and were able to recover faster than the group who didn’t use the braces.