Strassburg sock for heel spur
The Strassburg Sock has been developed as a cheaper alternative to the night splint. The basic goal is the same: keep the calf stretched during the night to prevent the typical morning-pain, typical for plantar fasciitis.
One of the causes for heel spur or plantar fasciitis is calcium depositing in the attachment to the heel of the plantar fascia tendon. This mainly occurs when resting, especially sleeping. Also the fascia get's shorter then, as it is fully relaxed when sleeping. Using a night splint or Strassburg sock may help to prevent this process. They pull up the toes a bit and keep the foot in an upward position.
Basically the Strassburg Sock is a large sock, with a velcro strip running from knee to toes that is worn at night. From the toes a piece of velcro runs to the knees, pulling up the toes. Usually they last long enough for a treatment (usually 2-3 months).
Strassburg Sock advantages
Main advantages of the Strassburg Sock are the following:
- Efficient in treating heel spur and plntar fasciitis
- Also is known to be succesfull in treating achilles tendinosis
- Relatively cheap
- Simple to use
- Can be worn all night after some getting used to. Be carefull if you feel pain though, this should not happen, so stop the treatment then and consult a doctor
- The ankle is not being locked as much as with the night splint and is allowed to move
- Diminishes pain in the heel and ankle after getting up
- Is a perfect addition to other treatments, like rest, shockwave therapy, exercises
Some people feel some discomfort because of the toes being pulled up, sometimes even a slight numbness. This may just need some getting used to, but if the feeling persists or becomes really uncomfortable you should stop the treatment. Also, in this particular situation, using a night splint might be the better option.
In some cases the Strassburg Sock should not be used, like in pregnancy, some skin-diseases, and some forms of diabetes.
Instructions on how to wear the Strassburg Sock on Youtube