The use of night splints for treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis

Foot Ankle. 1991 Dec;12(3):135-7. doi: 10.1177/107110079101200301.


This study reports the results of the use of molded ankle foot orthosis night splints for the treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis on 14 patients with a total of 18 symptomatic feet. All patients had symptoms for greater than 1 year and had previously undergone treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, cortisone injections, shoe modifications, and physical therapy without resolution. All patients were provided with custom-molded polypropylene ankle foot orthoses in 5 degrees of dorsiflexion to be used as a night splint. With continued use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, Tuli heel cups, Spenco liners, and general stretching exercises, successful resolution occurred in 11 patients in less than 4 months. There were three failures. It is felt that the use of night splints provides a useful, cost-effective adjunct to current therapeutic regimens of plantar fasciitis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fasciitis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Foot Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Splints*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome