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Plantar Fasciitis Sock

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Cameron, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

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    Do any netizens have experiences with the Plantar Fasciiitis Sock (Strassburg Sock) http://www.thesock.com/ they would like to share?

    Yours in anticipation

  2. markleigh

    markleigh Active Member

    Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    I have used it personally & also patients with good results.
  3. Lizzy1so

    Lizzy1so Active Member

    Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    i have two patients using it at the moment, one who travels a ot and find it easy to take with them, still early days but no complaints as yet. I emailed David Strassberg and he was very helpful, just google him for contact details
  4. Airlie

    Airlie Active Member

    Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    I have been prescribing it for about 6 months with about 8 patients, all who have had relief with it. All of my patients I prescribe the sock to I also prescribe active stretching exercises, balance exercises and orthotics and/or mobilisation depending on their biomechanics. and of course STRAPPING. so I have concluded its a good adjunct and definitely helps with reducing recovery time.
    I am also finding that some of my patients with Plantar Fasciitis ( presenting with heel pain) who have seen a physio or chiropractor have been prescribed the sock by them and have found it helps, but have also ended up at my door too, and while these patients are happy with the progress they have made, they obviously still have some pain/tightness to bring them to me...
    I have tried it on my good old dad who suffers achilles tenosynivitis, he tells me it helps a bit, but it feels like it is pulling on his toes a bit too much, but also puts this down to his toe nails maybe being a bit long, but he supposes it does help... - Very vague and if he was a paying patient I would be tearing my hair out by now :)
  5. Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?


    I used the Strassburg sock for a few months on about 12 patients. Some found it helpful but quite a few found the sock dorsiflexed the digits so much that it was uncomfortable. I gave up on it to use a different night splint that is more expensive, but much better tolerated by my patients. Certainly, the Strassburg sock is one of the least expensive splints available.
  6. Tony Conrad

    Tony Conrad Welcome New Poster

    Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    I have been using this sock for a number of months on 8 patient and find all positive feed back, for both PF and achillis tendonitis. There is more compliancy with this sock than with the night splints for me and therefore I feel lies the positive results. The other issue I have found is that if there is a limited range of dorsiflexion in the patients ankle the night splint is too painful to wear and the sock has more flexibility.
    I have had a few compliants regarding the dorsiflexion of the lesser digits so I asked the patient to come in and show me how they wore it.
    They were trying to get their ankle to dorsiflex more because they "thought " this was how they were going to get "the stretch"in their PF.
    This is just another TOOL in our arsenal to assist in recovery and as long as the patient is complient I feel ALL of these products work well if used in the right situation.
  7. Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    I've used the sock on 6-8 patients in the past with mixed results. Barring compliance issues and used in conjunction with other treatments such as (patient specific onbviously) stretching/ice/topical Zeel or Diclofenac/cortisone injection/prefab or custom orthotics we seem to have better success with the well padded posterior AFO splint (Corflex). Not so much acceptance in my patients :santa2:with the dorsal splints.
  8. musmed

    musmed Active Member

    Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    Dear All
    I suppose if you can't sock it to them
    we soon will be using some form of sweet bippy
    to quote Dan Martin from Laugh in
    I know I am showing my age
    Regards from sunny hot (39C) south coast of NSW Aus
  9. podcare

    podcare Active Member

    Re: Plantar Fasciiitis Sock?

    Have used the Strassberg Sock for the last 18 months. Generally we use it for chronic cases where the pain of arising from rest with plantar fasciitis has been present for longer than 3 months. Will prescribe the sock in approximately 20 to 25% of all cases of plantar fasciitis. I have found the compliance & tolerance levels are much greater than with previous night splints that we have used. The main problems we have encountered with the sock are discomfort around the MPJ's, especially the 1st MPJ, in cases where motion is restricted at the 1st MPJ or where you have seconday HAV. Other problems include tightness of the band around the top of the sock at the calf - where your patients are overweight or obese. In these cases you may need a different splint.

    Have used it in over 100 cases. Always use the sock as an integral part of treatment in conjunction with ice, taping, orthotics, exercises, etc. and find it generally works well in assisting with painful symptoms with arising from rest.
  10. Fraoch

    Fraoch Active Member

    Generally speaking I like the SS and have used it successfully in stagnant cases of PF or the "i've tried everything" crowd. The dorsiflexed toes have always been a concern for me and I warn pts about this. Other splints have had user friendly issues; too comlpicated, easy to break when you jog to the washroom at night (??), tore bed sheets (angry wife of pt), pressure on ankle, knee, calf, scratches etc. When all else fails I use a back slab splint or posterior short splint I think it's also called (must google that). Admittedly looks home made/ crap but results are good. Stretch, stretch and then stretch some more. CFO when required and shoe assasination - if you are 200lb, 5'4" and wearing high heels like that we got a problem!

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