An important part of plantar fasciitis treatment is to wear a night splint while you sleep, so your foot is held in a dorsiflexion position. Exercising the plantar fascia ligament this way reduces the bottom of the foot pain that you have first thing in the morning. Check out the reviews for these 3 top night splints:
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Futuro Night Sleep Support brace with adjustable straps for perfect fit; can be worn while walking, breathable soft foam inside for comfort
What is Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis refers to the state of chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, a connective tissue which begins at the heel and spreads out to the underside of each of the five toes. This inflammation causes pain on the bottom of the foot, especially first thing in the morning, although some people suffer all day.
The plantar fascia absorbs shock for the foot during any activity that requires the extension of the toes. So, you can just imagine that anytime a person is on their feet, the plantar fascia is involved, as it tightens and heightens the arch of the foot.
Constant stress over the years to the feet, either due to extra body weight or the frequent wearing of shoes that provide little or no arch support (flat shoes like flip-flops are a prime example) can eventually lead to this painful foot condition. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon among middle aged and older people.
Gentle exercising of the plantar fascia is the best way to facilitate healing and alleviate pain. Your doctor or physical therapist can provide excellent foot exercises you can do at home. Night splints that hold your foot in dorsalflexion at a 90 degree angle provide exercise while you are sleeping so your pain is greatly diminished in the morning.