I mentioned a Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock in some other threads, so will add a brief description here.
A quick search online will lead you to them. I have two different brands with the Strassburg my favourite. I adjust it so my foot is in a neutral position, that is if you were standing up straight with toes on the ground and then adjust the tension for that position. If it is too tight it is uncomfortable and keeps me awake.
I can’t accurately describe what it actually does, but my guess is that it places your foot in a position that is resistant to RLS symptoms being activated. With less activations, it is easier to release nerve and muscle tension in the calf muscle through pressure release and nerve gliding.
I initially used it to stop general calf aches after ‘Catching a Cramp’ stopped the usual RLS periodic cramps; which some describe as the crawling sensation. At first it brought on a new lighter cramp when wearing it at bed time, as opposed to putting it on when the aches started. But when I worked on the tight areas of my calf a few times a day, the sock now stops all RLS symptoms when worn through the night. Although my calf muscles still have a light ache through the day, this is reducing as I continue to work on any residual tension and stretch tight areas.
I’m working with a good physio to eliminate all nerve tension, with proper nerve gliding, and addressing other issues such as getting new orthotics for my feet; which is where I think all of this started.
If you have normal RLS symptoms I can’t vouch for what effect the sock may have, but if you have managed to change your symptoms through ‘Catching a Cramp’ or just have persistent aches, it is worth a try.
Please share your experiences, successes, and failures in using non-drug therapies for RLS/WED (methods of relief that don't involve swallowing or injecting anything), including compression, heat, light, stretches, acupuncture, etc. Also under this heading, medical interventions that don't involve the administration of a medicine to the body (eg. varicose-vein operations, deep-brain stimulation). [This forum contains Topics started prior to 2009 that deal with Non-prescription Medicines, Supplements, & Diet.]
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