Are you on the lookout for a new Plantar fasciitis treatment? A year ago I’d never even heard of this painful affliction, let alone be spruiking solutions! But ever since putting a name to the intense foot pain I’ve been experiencing for several months, I find that every second person I speak to has a story about it! People grumble about the discomfort they feel when taking the first, stiff steps out of bed in the morning; or the endless rounds of physio treatment that offer only temporary relief. Now, when I say ‘people’, I really mean me. I grumble. A lot! So, when I heard about the Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support I jumped at the chance to try it out! Well, when I say ‘jumped’…
So, what is Plantar fasciitis when it’s at home?
I blogged about Plantar fasciitis only recently (were you paying attention?) when I was tackling foot pain in the lead up to a major sporting challenge. Your Plantar fasciia (yes, everybody has one!) is a band of fibrous tissue that runs the length of the bottom of your foot up to the heel. When it gets inflamed, it causes sharp pain around the heel and/or tenderness under the arch. Mine got cranky when I started slamming it regularly at the gym after a period of (ahem) absence from exercise. The worst pain is when I first get up in the morning. It takes me a good half hour to go from limping like I’m nursing an old war wound to walking upright as my foot gradually works out how to cope with weight bearing after a period of rest. So frustrating!
A night splint to relieve foot pain?
The physio treatment I’ve had generally involves stretching the Plantar fasciia and strapping the ankle and arch for support. I was interested to see that the Futuro Sleep Support works on similar principles. It is a firm but flexible splint that simultaneously restricts movement – taking pressure off the tendons – and applies a gentle, constant stretch to the Plantar fasciia while you sleep. Stretching stops the area from contracting while at rest and causing increased pain when you take those first steps of a morning. The Futuro sleep support holds your foot at a 90° angle, or ‘flexion’ position.
It’s super easy to put on, is fully adjustable for comfort and the slim line design means you can pop a sock over it on a cold night. It is not designed to be load bearing (you can’t wear it while you jog) but you can walk around in it if you have to. It feels quite cosy to wear – a bit like a big slipper – but the breathable fabric also means it doesn’t get sweaty or itchy. It’s designed to ensure you don’t do anything to further aggravate your condition overnight, which helps you wake up ready for action.
And so, does it work?
I’ve been trialling the Futuro Sleep Support for about 10 days now, and the short answer is yes! The longer answer is: it is not a ‘cure’ and may not mean you can forget about those physio bills, but it does definitely make it easier to walk first thing in the morning. I’ve had no trouble sleeping with it on; it doesn’t feel cumbersome or uncomfortable. And when I get up in the morning, I can walk like a fully fledged homo erectus rather than grabbing for the banister to drag myself downstairs. There is still a certain amount of discomfort, but it is far more manageable. I presume longer term use would see continual improvement.
The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support would also be great for people suffering from arthritis or any other joint and muscle conditions that benefit from fully supported down time during the night. It gives you half a chance of waking up ready for the day, and generally having a more full and active life (with less of the grumbling).
The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support retails at $54.95 and is available from leading pharmacies across Australia. It’s brand, spanking new, so if you don’t see it on the shelf, ask your pharmacist.
The Futuro Therapeutic Range also includes the Futuro Night Wrist Sleep Support ($69.95) to assist in managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
For more information about Futuro, please visit www.futurobrand.com.au
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