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What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition affecting millions of people each year. Many sufferers describe it as feeling like having a nail in your heel. Pain is usually worse in morning or after periods of extended sitting or standing. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous material covering the sole of the foot that helps to balance the complex movements of the foot and ankle. It provides static support and acts as a bowstring to support the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. People who are flat-footed or whose feet roll too far inward while running or walking (a condition called over-pronation) place stress on the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia is stressed it becomes inflamed and develops painful microscopic tears at the heel. These symptoms can often be reduced through the use of an orthotic, stretching, or having someone help you 'select a shoe that gives you support and motion control. Unfortunately, the gains achieved by daytime products are often lost at night as the plantar fascia heals in a shortened, unsupported position.
How Does The Strassburg Sock Work?
When worn at night or during extended periods of rest, the Strassburg Sock engages the windlass mechanism to maintain tension on the plantar fascia. In the morning, as you take your first few steps, the plantar fascia is already stretched thereby reducing those first painful steps. The Strassburg Sock has also been used by many athletes during periods of intense training to maintain the optimal position of the plantar fascia to help prevent possible recurrences.
Does it Really Work?
Yes. In fact, an independent, peer-reviewed research study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery found some significant results. The study consisted of 160 patients of which 89 used the Strassburg Sock and 71 used standing stretching exercises. Patients using the Strassburg Sock had a average recovery time of 18.5 days with 97.8% recovering within eight weeks. In addition none of the patients using the Strassburg Sock were unable to tolerate wearing it as prescribed, the biggest problem with traditional "boot"-type night splints.
What is the Strassburg Sock?
The Strassburg Sock consists of a tubular knit material with two adjustable straps which extends from the toes to the upper calf. The upper strap is secured around the leg just below the knee and helps to keep the sock in position so it will not slide down at night. The other strap which is attached to the toe of the sock is passed up through the "D" ring from bottom to top and then secured to itself. This strap maintains the foot in the desired position. The user can easily adjust the strap so as not to cause discomfort to the foot.
Cost: AU$75 plus AU$5 postage (inc. GST)