If you’ve been around for awhile you know that I’ve been suffering from Plantar Faciitis for a while now. I’ve tried a lot of different things, but one in particular is The Strassburg Sock aka The Sock.
The website describes how the sock works, when worn properly:
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.
Or more simply, the sock pulls the toes upwards during the night which if nothing else reduces the pain of the first step in the morning. It does promote healing, according to my MD, the sock and other night splints reduce the tearing of the fascia that comes from walking and promotes healing.
The sock is basically a tighter fitting knee sock that comes in 2 sizes based on your calf size. There is a strap that goes from your toes to a “D” loop right under your knee that holds your toes in place. It utilizes Velcro for both the toe strap and the strap below the knee. One comment about the Velcro is that it can damage your sheets while sleeping at night.
The sock is intended to be worn overnight for 6-8 hours. I found that it took a little getting used to before I could comfortably sleep the night away while wearing. It is a little odd to have your foot in such a position. The first few nights I would wear it for a few hours. Because the strap makes a hypotenose from your toes to your knee the easiest position to sleep in is on your back. I did find that you can sleep easily on your side and your stomach if you bend your knee. It does seem like it’d be easier to sleep with this sock than a hard foot brace.
Their advertising is very clever, because while they claim to cure heel pain they don’t claim to cure 100% of Plantar Fasciitis. They do claim that most people only wear it for 8 weeks and that within the first few weeks most of the pain should go away. They don’t say whether their research subjects continued working out or what else they were doing. I was wearing the sock back when I took 3 weeks off with 0 running miles and saw no reduction in pain. Now with a prescription of Ibuprofen and physical therapy I am making progress.
I stopped wearing the sock for a few days and saw a significant increase in the pain I felt during the first few steps. So the sock does help reduce the pain felt first thing in the morning. It was amazing how much more pain I was in by not wearing the sock. So if nothing else your $40 will help with that part of the recovery.
Their website provides a fair amount of research and data that shows why their night splint is better than everyone else, but I’ll let you go read it and see for yourself.
[tags] Plantar Fasciitis, The Sock, Strassburg Sock, Heel Pain [/tags]