PRO-TEC RECOVERY NIGHT SPLINT
General Application: To alleviate pain in the arch and heel area.
Medical Application: To relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. In addition, may relieve symptoms of peroneal and tibial nerve entrapment.
How It Works: To be worn during inactivity (sleeping), the Pro-Tec Night Splint gently stretches the plantar fascia, promoting flexibility. By increasing flexibility of the plantar fascia, the likelihood of further strain or tearing is decreased, enhancing the healing process.
Design Theory: Terrycloth cover slips over a polypropylene shell, keeping the foot in comfortable dorsiflexion. Removable toe wedge raises toes, increasing stretch slightly. Adjustable ankle strap holds heel deep into heel cup portion of brace.
Small: Mens (6-8.5), Womens (6-8.5)
Medium: Mens (9-10.5), Womens (9-11)
Large: Mens (11-13), Womens (11.5-13.5)
(measurement based on shoe size)
Medical Definition: Tearing, excessive stretching, and/or inflammation of the plantar fascia (a tough, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot with attachments to the heel bone and to the base of the toes).
Causes: Overpronation, long distance running, aging, and weight gain can all contribute to excessive stress on the plantar fascia, resulting in plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can cause bone spurs as calcium is deposited where the fascia is torn away.
Symptoms: Pain in the medial (inner) aspect of the heel, where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. Typically, pain is worse in the morning after the fascia has contracted during the night.
Recommended Treatment: R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Reduce activity to promote healing. Avoid downhill and hard surface running. Apply Ice for 10-15 minutes after each workout to reduce inflammation and pain. Massage (using Plantar Massage Balls) and stretch the plantar fascia and calf muscle. Wear arch supports. As with any orthopedic injury, a consultation with a sports medicine professional is recommended.