Highly recommended by doctors for effective pain
relief due to:
Treats the pain at night while you sleep.
You can also use the splint during the day while watching TV or reading.
How do night
These easy to use, inexpensive
devices are designed to keep tension on the tissue (plantar fascia or tendon) so
it heals at night in a stretched position, which reduces the pain. When
worn as prescribed, it does not allow the plantar fascia to tighten, as when the foot is in a relaxed position.
The device holds the ankle and forefoot joints in a position of slight dorsiflexion that prevents a position of plantarflexion
and the plantar
fascia and Achilles is not allowed to contract (tighten).
Dr. Nelson's "Top 10 Tips" for
Treating Plantar Fasciitis (aka - "Heel Spurs")
1) Wear a
custom-made prescription orthotic (best treatment) or a
high quality pre-made type
arch support, like Orthofeet BioSole.
- *very important*
2) Use a plantar fasciitis
night splint, while sleeping
or sitting down to gently stretch the plantar fascia and prevent it from
- *very important*
3) Do "runner's
stretches" (or other stretches) to stretch the back of the calves and the
arch of the foot. - *very important*
4) Stretch the arch of the foot in bed before getting out of bed in the morning.
5) Don't run, jog or use stair climbers until the pain
resolves. Wear supportive, cushioned, "athletic" type shoes.
6) Apply ice to
the arch and heel after being active on the foot.
7) Consider taking
anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), if you can tolerate them, but be
cautious of possible dangerous side effects.
8) Don't climb
ladders, don't walk barefoot, avoid going up/down stairs, avoid prolonged
walking/standing, don't rest the arch or heel on cross bars and avoid smoking.
9) If overweight,
try to lose weight.
10) If not
improving, see your podiatrist who may be able to offer you other treatments,
such as "cortisone" injections, anti-inflammatory medications, extracorporial shock wave therapy,
physical therapy, surgery and more.
have to suffer with heel pain. You can get rid of your heel pain
if you follow each of the top 5 suggestions listed above. If you do
each of the top 5 suggestions on a daily basis, you have over a 90% chance of
eliminating your pain due to plantar fasciitis (heel spurs).
relieving plantar fasciitis heel pain requires using a variety of synergistic
treatment modalities. The goal is to stop the activities which are
irritating the plantar fascia, position the foot into the correct anatomical
alignment, reduce strain on the plantar fascia while standing/walking, calm down
the inflammation and stretch out the plantar fascia, so that it can heal
properly in an elongated position. The longer you let heel pain go
untreated, the harder it becomes to eliminate the pain. For most people,
using a combination of arch supports/orthotics, a night splint while sleeping or
sitting down, stretching twice daily and modifying their activities is
sufficient to make their plantar fasciitis heel pain progressively resolve.
Fortunately, surgery is rarely needed. Keep a positive attitude and
remember that, yes, you can usually eliminate your heel pain by using these
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Which Orthotic / Arch Support Should I Use?
Dr Nelson's comments:
The best fitting and functioning type of arch support is a custom made
prescription orthotic, which can be made by your podiatrist. Generally,
for most people, I recommend trying a pre-made arch support before progressing
to an expensive pair of custom made orthotics. Finding a comfortable and
effective pre-made arch support can be difficult. There are hundreds of
varieties on the market and that can make it confusing for customers. Due
to the variations in people's foot shapes, foot problems and style variations in
different products, there is no "one type fits all" arch support available.
That's why DrNelsonClinic offers different brands and models like
WalkFit and PowerStep to
choose among. Fortunately, for most people, I've found that the
OrthoFeet BioSole gel self-molding orthotics work the best and fit almost everybody.
Among the hundreds of pre-made arch supports I've seen and used, the
BioSole models give the best support and pain relief for people with
plantar fasciitis and heel pain. It's by far my favorite model for
people with heel pain, due in part to the higher arch and shock absorbing
gel under the heel. Be aware that the standard OrthoFeet BioSole "sport"
model is rather thick through the arch and it fits into athletic, work boots and
walking shoes, but may not fit into a shallow shoe, like a dress shoe. If
you want to use the OrthoFeet in a shallow shoe, like a dress shoe, then use the
"thin-line" or "high heel dress" models. The "sport" model may also be too
high in the arch area for people with very flat feet. For elderly or
arthritic people and those that want extra cushioning and softness under the
foot, while still getting extra support under the arch, try the OrthoFeet
BioSole "soft" model. If you don't need extra arch support or heel pain
relief and only want shock absorption and cushioning under the foot, try
the OrthoFeet "ThermoFit" model. After you start using any brand of arch supports,
remember to break them in gradually, because is will take some time for the orthotic and your feet to adjust to each other. I personally use the
OrthoFeet BioSole sport model in my athletic shoes and have found them to be as
effective and comfortable as my expensive custom prescription orthotics.
But, it did take longer to "break-in" the OrthoFeet supports than my custom
orthotics. If you don't have plantar fasciitis or heel pain or if you have
a flat foot and can't tolerate an arch support with a higher arch, but still
want great foot support to relieve foot fatigue and strain, you should also
consider SuperFeet Synergizer orthotics, which are
our most popular arch supports. SuperFeet Synergizer orthotics have
been highly recommended by sports and outdoor publications such as Backpacker™
Looking for Orthotics / Arch Supports?
Visit our Foot Care Store.
We offer a variety of different models from WalkFit,
PowerStep and more.
Medical Information and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
For more information on the symptoms and treatment of plantar
fasciitis heel pain ("heel spurs"), visit our "Foot
and Ankle Medical Information" page. To read more about
different causes of heel pain, click here.
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