Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock

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XenMan
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Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock

Postby XenMan » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:50 am

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.

peanut1
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock

Postby peanut1 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:14 pm

I have the night splints which actually make the RLS worse.

Stainless
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock

Postby Stainless » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:45 pm

You and many others pinpoint your RLS to the calf. I would have said the same thing 20 years ago but now it seems to all be in my thighs. What a strange disease.

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Re: Plantar Fasciitis Night Sock

Postby badnights » Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:30 am

Mine has always been focused at my joints (ankles, knees, wrists), ranging out from there along the limbs as the intensity ramps up. And - hard to think about it, but I think more along the front of the leg and the outside of the arm....
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