When you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, using night splint is usually recommended by doctors because it would help to relieve the pain and fasten healing process. You should be extremely careful when choosing the best night splints for plantar fasciitis because wrong choice could cause serious problem to your health. Basically, in order to choose a good one, there are 5 factors that you should take into consideration.
There are 2 main types of plantar fasciitis night splint: dorsal and boot type.
Dorsal type has the plastic support that keeps the feet at 90 degree position while leaves the arch and heel free. Because the plastic support couldn’t be adjusted, the stretching angle couldn’t be changed either. However, this type is lighter and more comfortable to wear.
As said from the name, boot type looks like a booth that covers your foot, back of leg and calf. Obviously, it’s bigger, heavier and less breathable than the dorsal type. On the other hand, using boot type, you can easily adjust the stretching angle to fit your foot condition.
Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, choosing which type of night splints is up to your personal preference, requirements and sleeping habit. If you need to wear splint for long time or you find it hard to sleep with big splint attached to your feet, dorsal type is recommended. But if a heavy splint doesn’t bother your sleep much or you need adjustable stretching angle, boot type is better choice.
Of course, comfort is crucial factor because no one wants to be irritated by an uncomfortable splint during the whole night. Actually, the best way to check if the plant fasciitis is comfortable enough is to directly try it on. Furthermore, checking padding, cushioning and lining is necessary. You also have to make sure that the brace and straps could keep your foot at right position without causing any irritation.
Breathability is also important because sweating too much could prevent you from having good sleep. Dorsal type has good breathability but if you choose boot type, it’s better to choose the splint that has ventilation holes or is made from breathable material such as mesh.
It is meaningless to wear a plantar fasciitis night splint that doesn’t fit your foot. Of course, everyone has different foot size and we can’t expect manufacturer to produce a splint that 100% fit our feet, so adjustable features is needed. You have to make sure that the splint could hold and protect your feet firmly at right position.
Review and doctor recommendation
Your doctor is the one who understand your plantar ligament condition the best. Hence, listen to your doctor’s recommendations or advices would give you good idea of what plantar fasciitis is the best for you.
Besides, the more you know, the better decision you could make. Thousands of reviews, comments, opinions of people who have actually used the splint would be good reference source for you before deciding which splint to buy.
These are 5 main factors that you checked carefully before choosing a plantar fasciitis night splint. Furthermore, it’s better to choose from well-known brands because most of them have experience, know-how and capabilities to produce good products.