Stretch It Out With Nightsplints!
A common issue we face at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care is heel and ankle pain. While both of these can have many causes, there is a common piece of medical equipment we prescribe for both: night splints. A night splint a piece of durable medical equipment that helps stretch the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the tendon that runs along the back of the heel. Many things can cause this tendon to tighten, a few of those include improper shoes or gait issues.
Many people who are prescribed a night splint have questions about what they are, how they are used and exactly how they will bring them relief. A night splint is brace like piece of equipment that helps stretch the tightened muscles in the ankle and foot. The duration of use depends on the issues you are having. Some patients are told to wear them for 3 weeks while others may need to wear them for months.
If you are having ankle or heel pain please give our office a call. We will gladly schedule an appointment and have one of our doctors evaluate you. A night splint may be exactly the thing to give you relief.