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Night splints (braces) may be used to treat
conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis. The splint holds the foot with the
toes pointed up. This position
applies a constant, gentle stretch to the plantar fascia. It also stretches the
Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, preventing it from contracting. You
can wear night splints every night for up to several months. Then you can
gradually reduce how often you use them as your symptoms go away.
The brace usually is adjustable, so you and your doctor can
adjust it to the proper angle. There are many types of braces. This picture shows one style.
While you use night
splints, you can continue other treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, or orthotic devices.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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