Do you have foot pain when you get out of bed in the morning? Does it make it hard to walk? You may have Plantar Fasciitis. Here are a couple of options to help minimize morning foot pain.
Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy. Earlier this week we talked about foot pain. One of the big things we talked about, which we see in the clinic, is plantar fasciitis. This is a very common problem where people have pain on the sole of their foot.
If you find that you wake up with pain in the morning, which is a very common symptom of plantar fasciitis, you could use a boot like this. It’s called a night splint. It’s fairly rigid but it does allow a bit of flex. It has some attachments that you can use to secure your foot, making it tighter or looser as much as you find comfortable in the night.
People wear this through the night to maintain the position of their foot in neutral. Otherwise, the foot tends to droop down, shortening the fascia. When this happens and you put weight on it in the morning, it becomes quite painful.
One of the other products that you can use is a plantar splint. This is a shorter version, more like a sock that has a strop that holds up the foot. This pulls a little bit on the big toe, but some people find it more comfortable to wear at night instead.
So if you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, try using a night splint or a sock to help hold the foot in neutral position to avoid pain. 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.