Strassburg Sock – Not Your Ordinary Sock.
The Strassburg Sock is a product developed to help relief and eliminate plantar fasciitis. Does that first step in the morning or after getting up from your easy chair feel like someone stuck a knife in your heel? If this is a description of you, you’re not alone. Millions of people each year are faced with this type of pain. While there may be other causes, the most common is Plantar Fasciitis.
Since I have been using the Stassburg sock, it has made a big difference in the heel pain in the morning.
How does the “Strassburg Sock” work?
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.
What is the “Strassburg Sock”?
The device consists of a tubular knit material that fits “over the calf” with 2 attached adjustable straps to maintain the foot in a neutral to slightly stretched position. When worn at night the device will apply a force which results in the reduction and/or elimination of the pain felt during those first steps in the morning.
What are the advantages of the “Strassburg Sock”?
- It is very easy to use.
- It does not lock the ankle joint into any one position thus allowing some movement between the various joints preventing possible joint compression pain.
- It can be safely worn for several hours without adverse effect when applied properly.
- It can be worn to bed, provides no significant restrictions and will not interrupt normal sleep if worn as directed.
- It is an effective device providing low cost relief of heel spur symptoms.
- It can reduce/eliminate the pain experienced with the first morning steps.
- It can, over a period of time, strengthen the arch of the foot.
- It can supplement and not interfere with the various traditional doctor’s treatment.
Strassburg Sock – Overall Impression
While the Strassburg Sock can certainly help, I don’t believe it is the best option for plantar fasciitis. A better approach is to use the Ossur Exoform Dorsal Night Splint After testing out both, I find the Dorsal Night Splint to be a superior product. While the Strassburg sock is initially very comfortable, I did find my toes going numb during the night. As the night wore on, the tension in the strassburg sock would loosen or change. I don’t have those issues with the Dorsal Night Splint.
Check out the Strassburg Sock website for more information.
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