Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the underside of the foot. The pain is usually worst in the morning when you step out of bed or after being seated for a period of time.Causes can be many, but it is often due to, standing for long periods of time, change of footwear or incorrect footwear.  Runners or walkers who increase exercise intensity too quickly.  It is also associated with weight gain, especially in the over 40’s age group.

Plantar fasciitis has many other names such as “Dog’s Heel”, “Policeman’s Foot” or “Flip Flop disease.

Severity of the condition can go from mild ache under the heel to severe pain under the whole of the underneath of the foot (plantar aspect). In chronic cases, a spur (heel spur) of bone may grow from the heel causing a very tender, painful point, like walking on a nail.

Heel Spur on MRI image (wikipedia)

Heel Spur on MRI image (wikipedia)

Physical therapy treatments are very effective, especially in the early stages.

Modes of treatment include myofascial release and scar tissue breakdown of the plantar fascia, stretching of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia, arch supports, heel lifts and orthotics where necessary.

Local injection of corticosteroids can be given as a “last resort” treatment.

Repeated steroid injections may result in rupture of the plantar fascia. Although initial pain is eased, the long term effects are generally not beneficial.

Strassburg Sock

Strassburg Sock

During treatment, many medical professionals recommend using a night splint to keep the foot stretched during sleep to improve calf muscle flexibility and decrease morning pain.

These have many different designs, some of which may be hard and may press on the origin of the plantar fascia. However, the Strassburg Sock is a much gentler form of splint which is simple and comfortable to use.

It is a safe, comfortable, simple and highly effective product for the treatment of plantar fasciitis heel pain.

It consists of a tubular knit material that fits over the calf with two adjustable straps to help maintain the foot in a neutral to slightly stretched position.

What is the “Strassburg Sock”?
The device consists of a tubular knit material that fits “over the calf” with 2 attached adjustable straps to maintain the foot in a neutral to slightly stretched position.

When worn at night the device will apply a force which results in the reduction and/or elimination of the pain felt during those first steps in the morning.

How does the “Strassburg Sock” work?
This easy to use, inexpensive device is designed to keep tension on the tissue (plantar fascia) so it heals in a stretched position at night. In this way many users find a reduction of their morning pain, some have noticed a reduced recovery time and yet others have reduced the need for medications.

When worn as prescribed, it does not allow the plantar fascia to contract while in the prone or supine position.

The device holds the ankle and forefoot joints in a position of slight dorsiflexion that prevents a position of plantarflexion, that is the plantar fascia is not allowed to contract.

In addition the involuntary stretching of the plantar fascia over a long period of time helps to strengthen the foot’s arch.

What are the advantages of the “Strassburg Sock”?
•    It is very easy to use.
•    It does not lock the ankle joint into any one position thus allowing some movement between the various joints preventing possible joint compression pain.
•    It can be safely worn for several hours without adverse effect when applied properly.
•    It can be worn to bed, provides no significant restrictions and will not interrupt normal sleep if worn as directed.
•    It is an effective device providing low cost relief of heel spur symptoms.
•    It can reduce/eliminate the pain experienced with the first morning steps.
•    It can, over a period of time, strengthen the arch of the foot.
•    It can supplement and not interfere with the various traditional doctor’s treatment.

The Strassburg SockTM is sold individually and available in two sizes:

Regular: (Fits calf size up to 16 inches)

Large: (Fits calf size 16 to 21 inches)

(Measure AROUND calf at the widest point.)

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