A prospective trial of night splinting in the treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis: the Ankle Dorsiflexion Dynasplint

Orthopedics. 2002 Nov;25(11):1273-5. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-20021101-20.


Twelve patients were treated with the Ankle Dorsiflexion Dynasplint (Dynasplint Systems Inc, Severna, Md) for recalcitrant plantar fasciittis. Using a modified plantar fasciitis functional assessment scale and a visual analog pain assessment scale for evaluation, 75% of patients reported improvement ofsymptoms at 1-month follow-up. The average percentage of weekly sleeping hours spent in the splint was 95%. There was no tendency to deterioration of results by 6 months postsplinting. The Ankle Dorsiflexion Dynasplint is effective in the treatment of recalcitrant heel pain in a majority of patients. This study supports its use for the treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ankle Joint / physiopathology
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / diagnosis*
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Probability
  • Prospective Studies
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Splints*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Treatment Outcome