Do Night Splints Work For Plantar Fasciitis?

Do night splints work for plantar fasciitis? Dr. Angela Walk

Night splints are becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for plantar fasciitis. This prompted me to begin evaluating the effectiveness of wearing a night splint.

Many of my patients have begun to question, do night splints work for plantar fasciitis or can night splints make plantar fasciitis worse?

Over several years of the assessing night splints as an application for treatment, my conclusion is that although It is true that night splints have been shown to decrease pain in the short term; this application does not have a significant effect on prevention or recurrences long term.

Biomechanically, it just doesn't make sense. With a plantar fascia injury, you have already elongated your plantar fascia and created trauma and microtears.

You don't want to stretch it for an extended amount of time and further injure the area w