Causing pain under the heel, plantar fasciitis usually disappears in time but treatment may speed up recovery. Meaning inflammation of your plantar fascia (the strong band of tissue which stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones) plantar fasciitis is fairly common, affecting around one in every 10 people at some point in their lives. The illness is most common in people between the ages of 40 to 60 years, but it can occur at any age and is twice as common in women than men. It is also a common condition among athletes.
Pain is the main symptom, which can occur anywhere on the underside of the heel. Also, one spot is found as the main source of pain, which can be around 4cm forward from the heel and can be tender to touch.
Pain can be worse when the first steps are taking on getting up in the morning, or following long periods of rest where there is no weight placed on the foot. You may find that gentle exercise will ease things as the day goes on, but a long walk or being on your feet for a long stretch of time will make the pain worse. Instead, try resting your foot if possible.
Repeated small injuries to the fascia (with or without inflammation) are thought to be the cause of plantar fasciitis. The injury is usually near to where the plantar fascia attaches to your heel bone and you are more likely to injure your plantar fascia in certain situations, including:
- If you are on your feet for a lot of the time, or if you do lots of walking, running, standing, etc, when you are not used to it. Also, people with a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to plantar fasciitis.
- If you have recently started exercising on a different surface – for example, running on the road instead of a track.
- If you have been wearing shoes with poor cushioning or poor arch support.
- If you are overweight – this will put extra strain on your heel.
- If there is overuse or sudden stretching of your sole. For example: athletes who increase running intensity or distance; poor technique starting ‘off the blocks’, etc.
- If you have a tight Achilles tendon (the big tendon at the bottom of your calf muscles above your heel). This can affect your ability to flex your ankle and make you more likely to damage your plantar fascia.
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It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Vitamin C – Widely known for its antioxidant properties and as a component for healthy connective tissue repair, Vitamin C is believed to be necessary for the hydroxylation of proline and lysine residues in procollagen, a precursor to collagen. Hydroxyprolines stabilize the triple-helix structure of collagen. In addition it has been shown that vitamin C deficiency can result in abnormal collagen fibers and contribute to decreased strength of fibrous tissues such as those found in the plantar fascia. A recommended dosing of vitamin C for the purpose of tissue repair is 1-3 g daily until resolution.
Zinc – An essential trace mineral, zinc is a key element in tissue regeneration and repair. In fact, it works well with vitamin C to increase tensile strength of wounded tissue. It’s thought that a zinc deficiency may lead to delayed wound healing. Zinc deficiencies are more common in individuals with chronic injuries and high stress levels. Intense exercise can affect zinc utilization. Recommended dosage for zinc is 15-30 mg daily.
Fish oils – A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, omega-3 fish oils have been observed to suppress production of inflammation in patients with autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Chron’s Disease. This may be due to reduced synthesis of the key inflammatory mediators leukotrienes,and interleukin-2. These anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be beneficial in the management of plantar fasciitis symptoms. Therapeutic dosages for fish oil range from 1-10 g daily, depending on severity, and may require 2-6 months to take effect.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Home remedy for plantar fasciitis www.youtube.com/watch?v=txMziVqh8ew
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat [Paperback] by Loren Cordain
Treating plantar fasciitis with traditional Chinese medicine www.kelownacapnews.com/business/128425793.html
Supplements for plantar fasciitis www.vibrantnation.com/health-fitness/plantar-fasciitis/plantar-fasciitis-symptoms-nutritional-supplements-may-provide-relief/
Herbs that help to heal plantar fasciitis www.livestrong.com/article/234739-herbs-that-help-to-heal-plantar-fasciitis/
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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