Why Night Splits Don't Work For Plantar Fasciitis: Utilizing The Only Results-Based Solution That Extends Above The Knee

With over 3 million cases every year in the US alone, heel pain is most commonly caused by plantar fasciitis. Symptoms can include pain across the bottom of the foot or near the heel. The pain might also be at its worst in the morning. 

Plantar fasciitis is often associated with tight calf muscles. The medical community refers to tight calf muscles as “Equinus.” Studies show that over 80% of people with plantar fasciitis also have tight calves. Stretching the calves is a common therapy prescribed by doctors who are treating patients with plantar fasciitis.

The key to success with stretching to treat plantar fasciitis is to keep the leg straight while flexing your foot towards you. While sitting in a chair, try flexing your foot up while your knee is bent. Now, keep your foot flexed and extend your leg. Feel the difference?

In the 1980s and ’90s, night splints were the go-to treatment for those suffering from plantar fasciitis because, theoretically, you could get a stretch while sleeping. Sadly, the idea was misguided because a night splint doesn't keep your leg straight during the night. Most people sleep on their side with their knees bent, therefore almost no meaningful stretching occurs. 

This makes the discomfort and annoyance of night splints totally not worth it! 

Fortunately, Dr. Patrick DeHeer developed the Equinus Brace and it has revolutionized how plantar fasciitis is treated. Here's how it works.

The brace uses an extension not present on normal night splints that goes above the knee. This extension keeps the legs straight for an optimal stretch. So, instead of having to do runner’s stretches for 30 minutes every day on each leg, or use an uncomfortable splint (all night), the patient can treat their plantar fasciitis in just one hour per day! The brace features variable stretch settings which provide a measurable and progressive approach. In addition, a special wedge is inserted under the big toe to target stretch the plantar fascia. 

With the Equinus Brace, your stretching routine works with your daily schedule instead of against it. It’s as simple as sitting down in front of the TV or with a good book and using the brace with the leg properly extended. 

If you or someone you love suffers from plantar fasciitis or equinus, contact IQ Med and find out about this revolutionary device that can get you healed and back in the game.