Have you been searching for ways to ease the pain of Plantar Fasciitis?
Up until 9 weeks ago, I had never heard of Plantar Fasciitis, then one day at work I sort of bent, twisted and lifted all at the same time and within a few minutes I could hardly walk!
Imagine a screwdriver being pushed up into your heel and twisted a few times and you are on the right track.
The first few steps out of bed in the morning or getting up from the lounge after resting for a while are the worst. I feel like a 100 year old, even though I am not quite half way there. Fortunately as the tendons warm up and loosen the pain levels reduce so you are not in agony all day long.
Plantar Fasciitis is common amoung athletes and as I am not one of those, after discovering that Plantar Fasciitis was the cause of my pain, I researched extensively as I wanted a solution, fast! I was amazed to discover that a lot of Australians suffer from this condition, which is often brought on from considerably long periods of weight bearing and not wear supportive shoes.
I had been following the standard protocol’s advised by my doctor such as regularly placing my foot on an ice pack, taking anti-inflammatory medication and wearing 2 pairs of thick socks at work to provide extra cushioning.
Torn ligaments simply do not heal overnight! Bugger!
I was very excited to be invited to try a new product that has been released on to the market, specifically for those suffering from this very condition. When the parcel arrived in the mail I was really hoping for a magic cure.
The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support had arrived!
My initial reaction was one of disappointment, as I was hoping for a gadget or support that I could wear all day that would take all the pain away. Upon reading the supporting literature, I was quickly discovered that this clever brace, is specifically designed to hold your foot in the perfect position to eliminate stress on the tendons whilst you sleep. Hope returns.
Looks pretty space age, doesn’t it?
The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support is very light weight and the inside is lined with breathable fabric to make it comfortable during sleep. With the aid of two heavy duty velcro straps, you custom fit it to your leg. Compared to big and bulky foot braces of the past this one is very slim-line.
Strapped on and ready to go!
Already from night one, I noticed how my foot was comfortably kept at a 90 degree angle, whereas my other foot dropped right down. When your foot is not supported in any way the tendons contract to the shortest possible length which causes the extreme pain you feel when you first put pressure on it.
Getting up in the morning was definately easier, but for the first two weeks that was all I really noticed.
By the end of the third week, it dawned on me that I had got through an unexpected 10 hour day at work with only minor discomfort, OMG, healing was actually happening. It was the best it had felt in weeks.
It can take 6 – 12 months of continual care to heal Plantar Fasciitis, but I think nightly wear of this brace is going to speed things up considerably.
The Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support is available from leading pharmacies across Australia and retails for $54.95. As it is has only just been released your pharmacy may not yet have it in stock, so ask them to get it in for you.
3M Futuro have also released another new product to provide night support for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and if you would like to know more about that please visit their website. When you are able to sleep well at night, your body is able to do it’s best work facilitating healing.
In addition to wearing the brace, I have recently invested in a shoe insert with arch support and this has made walking all day more comfortable. There are also some exercies that my doctor recommended I do each day to gently stretch and strengthen the tendons and I am doing these faithfully, watch this video to learn how to do them at home.
Thank you to 3M Futuro and Digital Parents Collective for allowing me to receive this product for trial and consideration.