Hammertoes and other foot conditions are caused primarily by peoples’ footwear, but we have yet to address how the feet can be affected when you’re not on your feet - specifically, while you sleep.

The average person spends 1/3 of their life asleep.  1/3 of our lives.  That’s 8 hours a day  - almost as much time as is spent wearing shoes.

When you lie on your back at night, the pressure of bed covers on your feet can cause your toes and feet to press forward, simulating a problematic condition known as heel elevation.  This can exacerbate existing uncomfortable and often-painful foot conditions.  That same pressure can also force your feet and legs to turn inward or outward, causing additional stresses on the ankle, knee and hip joints as well as the toes and feet.

Treatment

Other than a change in footwear, relieving the pressure of bed covers on your feet is one of the most important steps someone can take towards improved foot health.  Your podiatrist may recommend the use of a blanket lift to relieve the pressure of bed covers on your feet during sleep.  This will give your curled toes adequate room to relax to their natural position and can provide relief from painful foot conditions like Achilles tendinitis, crooked toes, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, neuroma, plantar fasciosis and shin splints.

The foot relief that a blanket lift provides can also assist with recovery from sprains, strains and bone fractures/breaks.

Blanketbooster blanket lifts are manufactured right here in the USA, and like Northwest Foot & Ankle, they’re committed to improving the strength of America's manufacturing industry.