Stretching Boot Instructions
A stretching boot, also known as a night splint, is often recommended for individuals with plantar fasciitis to help stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Here are instructions on how to use a stretching boot for plantar fasciitis:
- Before using the stretching boot, make sure your foot is clean and dry. It is best to use the boot when you are ready to go to bed.
- Put on a comfortable pair of socks to minimize any discomfort from the boot rubbing against your skin.
- Open the stretching boot and carefully place your foot inside. Make sure your heel is positioned snugly against the back of the boot.
- Fasten the straps or closures on the boot to secure it in place. Adjust the straps to achieve a comfortable fit, ensuring the boot firmly supports your foot and ankle.
- The stretching boot is designed to keep your foot in a dorsiflexed position, meaning your toes are pointed upward, and your foot is flexed toward your shin. This position helps stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon during sleep. Pulls the straps until you feel a stretch, and then lock the straps in place. Do not overstretch for possible injury can occur.
- Once the boot is securely fastened, lie down in bed, or sit in a position where your leg is fully extended and not bent, and relax. Allow your foot to remain in the stretching boot for a minimum of one hour per day.
- Take your time when moving around after wearing the boot, as your foot may feel slightly stiff initially.
- Perform some gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises for your foot and ankle to further promote flexibility and reduce any residual stiffness.
- If you experience any discomfort or pain while using the stretching boot, adjust the straps or consult with your healthcare provider for guidance. Numbness can be a normal occurrence during your period of stretching. If numbness occurs and is uncomfortable, then take a break from stretching for 10-15 minutes and try again.
It's important to note that using a stretching boot for plantar fasciitis may take some time to show improvement. Consistency is key, so try to use the boot every day as recommended by your healthcare provider. Additionally, it's a good idea to combine the use of the stretching boot with other treatments recommended for plantar fasciitis, such as stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic inserts, and pain management techniques.
If you have any concerns or questions about using the stretching boot or your plantar fasciitis treatment plan, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice.