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Stretching, Night Splints, and Bracing - What you need for heel pain treatment

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A recent study in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2014 demonstrated the need for stretching, night splints, anti-pronation devices i.e. bracing and OTC orthotics for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. The study pointed out obesity plays a part in developing plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Athletes are also known according to the study to develop plantar fasciitis due to the tightening of the plantar fascia and the gastrocnemius apparatus (the calf muscles).

A general overview of the article recommended guidelines expressly relates to the importance of stretching exercises as a factor in the healing process and could take several months to improve symptoms. The authors felt dry needling, inserting a needle into the heel and moving it around to cause injury to the fascia, was not warranted; thank goodness. Physical therapy was also recommended as a possible treatment alternative. Anti-pronation devices were important in the recovery process, like bracing with the Ortho Heal along with the use of night splints. Night splints provide a static stretch to the bottom of the heel and the calf muscles while at rest. The highlight of the article did mention it unfortunately takes several months of treatment with these items to gain full recovery. Hang in there a stay with your treatment plan. Losing weight will help with your overall recovery process. Visit for further information.

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