There is no shortage of activities that strain and stress the foot. One of the areas of the foot that often suffers due to this is the plantar fascia. This tendon extends across the bottom of the foot connects the heel to the toe and supports the arch of the foot. Overloading or overworking this region can cause tiny tears to form in the plantar fascia that leads to inflammation and pain in the heel.
Common treatment methods include rest, ice and taking an anti-inflammatory medication along with the use of plantar fasciitis boot.
Boots for plantar fasciitis gently stretch the plantar fascia; they are often intended for use at night while one sleeps. The plantar fasciitis boot holds the foot at a 90-degree angle to the ankle while one sleeps. When one gets up and moves about in the morning, the gentle stretch overnight helps to prevent pain when one gets moving for the day as the plantar fasciitis night boot prevented the tendon from tightening up during the night.
As the product description for the Dorsal Night Splint by Active Innovations points out, use of a night boot for plantar fasciitis does little good unless it is worn. Therefore, the engineers at Active Innovations placed much attention on ensuring their plantar fasciitis boots were comfortable for extended wear. This Active Innovations plantar fasciitis boot is therefore lightweight and cool.
The clamshell design of this plantar fasciitis night boot holds the foot in a neutral position and supports the arch so that the foot can heal speedily and correctly. The boot for plantar fasciitis also prevents passive plantar flexion, which is something other braces focused on providing active dorsiflexion often fail to do.
The dorsal night splint can also function as a plantar fasciitis walking boot (to some degree) as it has a non-slip pad on the bottom and can be worn as a slipper once it is adjusted to one’s foot.
Another popular boot for plantar fasciitis available at BraceAbility is the Padded Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint. Hard on the outside and soft on the inside, this plantar fascitis boot is durable without sacrificing comfort.
This plantar fasciitis sleeping boot has a rigid, high-density polyethylene shell on the outside that is covered by soft padding with equally soft straps to easily secure the foot.
As an added benefit, one does not have to replace the entire brace after a period of use. The padded cover and closure straps can be replaced separately from the rigid shell of the boot.
If wearing a night splint isn’t enough to prevent pain during the day, a plantar fasciitis walking boot or shoe may be needed. BraceAbility offers a plantar fasciitis day splint and a soft daytime AFO for walking.
The pain relief these shoes provide for those whose careers require long days on their feet makes them some of the best work boots for plantar fasciitis. They enable one to stand and move about for an extended period of time without allowing either the heel or the forefront of the foot (depending on the product) from coming in contact with a surface that could produce pain.
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