Plantar fasciitis treatment.
This sock is designed to keep tension on the tissue (plantar fascia), so it heals in a stretched position at night. Users can experience a decrease in their morning pain or a diminished recovery time for the plantar fasciitis condition. When worn as appointed, it maintains the plantar fascia expanded while in the prone or supine position.
When I first got plantar fasciitis, I saw a lot of hype surrounding the Strassburg Sock on message boards by fellow sufferers. Photographs looked bizarre – a long white sock that pulls up your toes, meant to create a lasting stretching sensation of the foot tendons while you sleep, looked like one of the most uncomfortable pieces of material on the face of the earth. And, for me, it was.
Not The Best Comfort For Your Sleep
The Bird And Cronin night splint, proved to be more successful, and much more realistic for me. The Strassburg Sock, on the rare occasions when I was able to fall asleep with it on, would often wake me up to a painful biting sensation on my toes and my Achilles’ tendon. I would often have to unstrap it to fall back asleep, and when I tried loosening it, I would receive no effect whatsoever.
Light as a Feather
While I mentioned that I did not receive relief from the sock, there are advantages to it as compared to a night splint. The most significant, in my view, is the size and mobility. As someone who was travelling throughout my plantar fasciitis, I could simply roll up the sock and stuff it in a backpack, not worry about it breaking, and it would take up virtually no space. The splint, on the other hand, is far less easy to carry around and takes up an unreasonable large amount of space.
Unlike the Bird And Cronin night splint, the Strassburg Sock is much more constraining. You aren’t allowed any ankle movement with it on, and if you try to evert or invert your ankle for a more comfortable position, it can cause pain. Further, because of these constraints, if you move in your sleep (as I do) any slight change of position can cause and an abrupt and painful end to your sleep. Further, if you’re a somewhat light sleeper, there is a good chance you’ll have a difficult time falling asleep in the first place.
Strassburg Sock Video Demo
In the next video from Todd Schafer, you can see how the Strassburg Sock works.
Switching to any stretching device to wear while you sleep is not easy; it’s awkward, uncomfortable, and at times painful. However, both night splints and the Strassburg Sock can bring a level of relief. Ultimately it comes down to individual sleeping and comfort habits and patterns. I would recommend the Bird And Cronin night splint over this sock any day, but it is certainly possible that one could yield more benefits from the sock over the splint.