Do you have heel pain when you get out of bed in the morning? Does it make it hard to walk? You likely have plantar fasciitis. Please listen in for a couple of options on how you can help yourself feel better and resolve the morning pain and the pain in general.
Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and earlier this week we talked about foot pain and one of the big things we talked about, we see in the clinic is plantar fasciitis and this is a very common problem where people have a pain on the sole of their foot. One of the other things you can try, if you find that you wake up with pain in the morning, which is a very common symptom of plantar fasciitis, is that you could use a boot like this. It’s called a night splint and it’s fairly rigid but it does allow a little bit of flex and it has some attachments that you can use basically to secure your foot in there and you can tighten this up and make it tighter or looser as much as you find comfortable in the night. So people wear this through the night to maintain the position of their foot in neutral because otherwise the foot tends to droop down and that shortens the fascia, so when you wake up in the morning and put weight on it it becomes quite painful.
One of the other products that you can use to do, to help with this is a plantar splint which is a shorter version, more like a sock that has a strop that holds up the foot. This kind of pulls a little bit on the big toe but some people find it more comfortable to wear at nighttime instead. So if you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis another tip that you can try is using a night splint or a sock to help hold the foot in neutral position to avoid pain. So if you have any other questions check out our website, we have lots of educational material and information for you or you can give us a call to set up an appointment so we can help you figure out what you need.