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.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
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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.
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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.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Because foot pain and plantar fasciitis may involve pain and inflammation, some of the most effective herbal treatments for this condition should possess both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Examples of pain-relieving herbs, notes William A. Mitchell Jr., a naturopathic doctor and author of “Plant Medicine in Practice,” include peppermint, wild yam, ginger, meadowsweet and jasmine, while examples of anti-inflammatory herbs include turmeric, feverfew, nettle, milk thistle and white willow bark.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
In one tablespoon of jojoba oil add two drops of pine and two drops of peppermint. Use the mixture to give yourself a foot massage. This should diminish the inflammation and relieve the pain.
Add three drops of each to a warm foot bath and soak your feet for 15 minutes.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The following herbs can help in the treatment of plantar fasciitis:
Turmeric – An herbaceous perennial plant that is a member of the ginger family, turmeric grows wildly in the forests of southeast Asia and its root has been used in ayurvedic medicine to treat several medical conditions. Ayurvedic medicine has used the turmeric plant as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent to treat cuts, burns and abrasions. According to Digherbs.com, turmeric is useful for treating the pain and swelling associated with plantar fasciitis. A doctor’s guidance should be sought, however, when using herbal medications.
Feverfew – A traditional medicinal herb that is readily found in North America, Chile, Europe and the Mediterranean, as its name implies, feverfew has long been used as a remedy to reduce fevers, as well as a treatment for headaches, arthritis and various digestive disorders. Feverfew reduces the release of serotonin and prostaglandins which are body chemicals that regulate muscle contraction and are often associated with causing migraine headaches. According to Digherbs.com, the reduction in prostaglandins from feverfew consumption will also reduce the pain and inflammation from plantar fasciitis. Before taking this herb, a health practitioner should be consulted
Meadowsweet – Aperennial herb that is native to the wet meadows of Europe and western Asia, Meadowsweet has long been used as a treatment to lower stomach acid, halt diarrhea and reduce flu symptoms. Meadowsweet contains the chemical salicylic acid which has long been used as a pain killer. According to Digherbs.com, the analgesic properties of meadowsweet along with the anti-inflammatory properties may make this herb an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. A health practitioner should be consulted, however, before taking this herb.
Arnica – A species of herbs that are a member of the sunflower family, there are more than 30 different types of arnica. The species Arnica montana has long been used for medical purposes. Arnica montana contains a lactone called helenalin which exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica montana is often used as an ingredient in ointments and liniments for external applications for treatment for bruises, strains and sprain. According to Digherbs.com, external application of arnica may be an effective treatment for the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. To ensure safe use, however, a health practitioner should be consulted.
Barefoot running – Barefoot running has gained huge levels of support and is often cited as a potential cure for plantar fasciitis following the success of the book Born to Run.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
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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