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Use of a Dorsiwedge Nightsplint

Use of a Dorsiwedge Nightsplint Information for Patients and Carers

You have been issued with a nightsplint, it is designed to help stretch your calf muscle and alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis.

It is designed to be used at night only, but before you wear it for a full night, please wear for an hour during the day, take the night splint off and check your foot and leg carefully for any signs of irritation or discolouration. If there is a problem do not wear the night splint.

Please contact the podiatry department if you have a problem.

Application of the nightsplint

The splint should be applied with your knee bent. Place your foot in to the splint, ensure that the heel is secured at the back of the splint and the big toe is within the borders of the splint.

Wrap the instep strap over the centre of your ankle and secure in place using the hook closure.

When this strap is closed, straighten your leg and check the tightness of the strap. If your heel moves up the splint, it is too loose and if your calf tightens it is too tight.

Once the instep strap is comfortable, secure the remaining strap over the foot.

With the splint in place slide the thin end of the foam wedge between the foot and splint. The thin end of the wedge will be under your heel and the thick end will rest under your big toe.

Please ensure you check your feet first thing in the morning, after each use of the splint.

If you have any concerns with your splint, please contact your podiatry department

Contact the Podiatry Department for more information on: 028 9504 554