There are many different models, types and styles of night splint that can be used to help stretch your fascia tissue, hopefully preventing any more plantar fasciitis pain – choosing which one to buy, unless you have been recommended one by your podiatrist of doctor, can be a difficult task.
Worn overnight, these rigid or sock-like devices do help with painful feet first thing in the morning and can also reduce the overall effect of plantar fasciitis. They tend to come in 2 different styles, ones that are more rigid (and look like a skiing shoe) or ones that are more flexible, more like a sock. They both do the same job, holding your foot in a fixed position or angle so that the tissue on the sole of your foot cannot contract too much overnight and therefore stopping the pain that you might get first thing in the morning.
Another benefit of using a night splint is that, over time, your plantar fascia tissue and calf muscles will become stretched out and therefore the pain you might be experiencing from plantar fasciitis might even go away. Many people find (me included) that wearing a sock or splint overnight for a few weeks can really reduce the symptoms. If you feel the pain start again at any time, you can simply start wearing the device again for a few nights, which will help stop it returning.
I have listed the top 5 “best sellers” from Amazon below so that you can see which ones are the most recommended by people who have bought them. People do tend to opt for the more rigid models, such as those by Bird & Cronin, but the sock types are also very effective and may be more comfortable to wear. Some people find the rigid night splints to be too cumbersome during the night – but it will all be down to personal preference.
1. Bird & Cronin Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint (Medium)
Bird and Cronin do make the best products for treating plantar fasciitis overnight. The splint it very lightweight and fully adjustable and is therefore an excellent choice when it comes to helping reduce plantar fasciitis or tendonitis pain.
This splint is padded for comfort and fixes well to your foot, not sliding around like other models can do. They also come is different sizes, S, M and L and they can be worn on either foot.
Customer comment: “This splint has almost healed my plantar fasciitis in 3 weeks.”
2. Mueller Sports Medicine Adjustable Night Support
This sock is very flexible, designed to help you walk with it on if you need to get up in the night and is comfortable to wear and fully adjustable.
This model is most likely to be one of the best selling items due to the price. Other models from other manufacturers, may carry a more branded name and therefore might be a little more expensive, but this Mueller splint is an excellent choice.
Customer comment: “This product really helps with the pain of plantar fasciitis, especially when rising in the morning. It is soft and comfortable to wear while sleeping.”
3. Active Ankle Dns Dorsal Night Splint
Many people complain that the more rigid models of night splint, such as the Bird and Cronin model at number 1 can be too bulky and uncomfortable to wear – which is where products like this Active Ankle splint come in.
Designed to be more “low profile” and less bulky or heavy, this sock will hold your foot in a neutral position overnight to help treat problems such as plantar fasciitis or tight calf muscles. This sock is also so effective that it can be used to help stabilise your ankle or foot for most types of injury treatment where you need to keep your foot still when resting it.
Customer comment: “I had been suffering from plantar fasciitis for months, always waking up with a sore, tight, painful plantar tendon. By using the Dorsal Night Splint every night, I wake up with no pain! I adjusted to using it very easily. Using it in the summer months may be a challenge as I have to wear a sock with it. In sum, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!”
4. Large Bird & Cronin Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint (Large)
This is the larger size model of the product at number 1 in this list, just proving that Bird & Cronin are the most popular and respected night splint makers.
This larger model fits mens shoe size of 10.5 and upwards, women’s shoes of size 11 and up.
Customer comment: “I had plantar fascitis for several months, I wore this for a week at night and the pain was gone. The pain is still gone after several more months.”
5. Futuro Adjustable Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support
Many people have found that this product is not to their liking though. The velcro fastening is either too tight or too lose and some people have complained about numbness from using it.
However, it still hits the number 5 spot and there are other favorable reviews too. Many people have gone for this model or type of splint as they don’t want a more rigid version, such as the Bird & Cronin ones.
Customer comment: “I bought this hoping it would help my right foot in morning and first night it did, but last night my toes started hurting and I took it off, maybe I had it too tight or just going to take my foot some adjustment to this but it does work and helps me.”
If you don’t want to use a rigid splint, then look at our page about the Strassburg Sock, which also has very good reviews on Amazon.