Tuesday, February 17, 2009

night splints for plantar fasciitis

Night splint for plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot caused by excessive wear to the plantar fascia that supports the arches of the foot or by biomechanical faults that cause abnormal pronation. The pain usually is felt on the underside of the heel, and is often most intense with the first steps of the day. It is commonly associated with long periods of weight bearing or sudden changes in weight bearing or activity. Obesity, weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces, shoes with little or no arch support, and inactivity are also associated with the condition.

Plantar fasciitis was formerly called "a dog's heel" in the United Kingdom. It is sometimes known as "flip-flop disease" among US podiatrists. The condition often results in a heel spur on the calcaneus, in which case it is the underlying condition, and not the spur itself, which produces the pain.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated with relatively simple conservative methods. Only in rare cases is surgery actually necessary. Conservative methods such as a combination of night splints, rest and ice, orthotics, and stretching exercises have been repeatedly proven to be effective in treating plantar fasciitis.

Types of Night Splints available:

DeRoyal Night Splint


Airform Night Splint


Form Fit Night Splint


Exoform Dorsal Night Splint


CAM Walkers

A ankle CAM Walker is a medical walking boot that limits the movement of the ankle and or foot. An adjustable ankle joint can be set to restrict movement or allow a set amount of movement
to occur. A CAM Walker may be prescribed for a severe sprain or after cast removal.
Cam Walkers differ by either being non-inflated or by an having an inflatable bladder.

  • Adjustable inflation allows the patient to inflate the air bladder to the needed compression and stabilization (often called AIR Cam Walkers). Air cam walkers accommodate the swelling patterns that occur throughout the rehabilitation process.
  • Pre-inflated cam walkers are at a fixed compression providing extra support.
  • Non-inflated cam walkers have no compression but, provide basic support for patients with minor injuries.
  • ROM (Range-of-Motion) Cam Walkers allow the ankle angle to be fixed at a set point or allowed a range of movement between a set angle. There is also a rocker bottom cam walker, thus its name, which allows a natural rocking motion of your foot. You may need to ask your health care provide if the ankle needs to be fixed or allowed to move.
  • Cam Walkers also differ by the base of the foot. Some are wide for a comfort fit and some have memory foam to conform to the foot. CAM walkers are also designed to fit either foot and come in HIGH and LOW top depending on your desired look.
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    Adjustable Inflation CAM WALKERS
    Royce Medical Equalizer Premium Air Cam Walker
    This cam walker offers OSSUR's best supporting cam walker with easy inflation adjustment to the desired support level needed for the patient.
    Pacesetter Air Cam Walker
    This is the runner up next to Royce / Ossur's cam walker.
    Pacesetter Air Cam Walker our premium of the Pacesetters has inflatable bladder for desired stability and compression. Wide foot plate for patient comfort and stability. Also has a rocker bottom that allows for a natural rolling pattern while walking.

    The Equalizer Premium Air Walker is a simple, adjustable solution that combines functionality and superior fit into a comfortable product.

    WaterProof Casting

    There are many ways to make a cast waterproof. The best is to use Gore Procel Waterproof cast padding. (http://orthotape.com/gore_procel_cast_liner_waterproof_padding.asp).
    For waterproof casting you will not need any stockinette. You will only need procel waterproof cast padding. For short arm casts, an easy to use form fit castliner has been developed. (http://orthotape.com/GORE_PROCEL_FORM_FIT_.asp) Simply apply either the padding or form-fit cast liner to the body part needing casting. You can use scotch tape to hold the form-fit liner in place. Then apply the fiberglass casting tape.
    For Gore Procel Waterproof casts you will need to use either a deflex protective strip or a zip stick during cast removal.
    The deflex protective strip (http://orthotape.com/GORE_DE_FLEX_Protective_Strip.asp) is applied under the fiberglass layer and on top of the padding. This will protect the patient during cast removal from any heat generated by the cast saw. This type of cast is much thinner than a traditional cast so you can see why this added protection is needed.
    The Zip Stick (http://orthotape.com/GORE_Zip_Stick_CAST_REMOVAL_TOOL.asp) simply slides under the cast to protect the patient during cast removal.