Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the fascia tissues in the bottom of the feet, particularly the heels. The plantar fascia is a weblike ligament, which connects the front of the foot to the heel. The pain can be like a dull ache, or an excruciating stabbing pain when walking and is extremely debilitating.
Plantar fasciitis is very common among athletes and especially joggers. Overuse of your feet during exercise can also trigger the start of plantar fasciitis in one or both feet. Being overweight also can cause extreme pressure on your ligaments.
There are many types of different exercises and stretches to do that can help alleviate the pain, like resting, foam rollers, ice rollers, massage, anti-inflammatories and stretches. But most people find that getting over plantar fasciitis is a long, slow and frustrating process.
These two simple treatments should also be included in your home remedy kit to help you recover from plantar fasciitis more quickly.
No. 1 on my list is a magnesium chloride foot bath (you can use Epsom salts, but recommend magnesium chloride) then followed up with anti-inflammatory essential oils to massage into your feet as well.
Magnesium chloride is one of the strongest forms of magnesium and it aids in drawing out inflammation and making your muscles relax. This will help release some tightness and give you back some flexibility and better movement in your feet and also ease the pain.
Essential oils suitable for plantar fasciitis are:
Lavender – an anti-inflammatory and great for relieving pain
Bergamot – an anti-inflammatory, especially good for relieving nerve pain
Ginger – anti-inflammatory and improves circulation
Eucalyptus oil is a natural analgesic for pain relief
Frankincense – an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever
Peppermint – pain reliever and aids with fascia pain
Basil – an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever
If you have some of these essential oils of your own, select 2 or 3 of them and use 5 drops (in total) of the oils in 2 teaspoons (10ml) of coconut oil, olive oil, etc and massage into your feet, especially working on the tight areas with your thumb. The essential oils will also help draw out the inflammation which will give you much needed relief.
1 cup of Magnesium Chloride Flakes in a foot bath filled with reasonably hot water (soak for at least 20-30 mins).
Dry off feet and immediately massage the essential oils into your feet for 10 minutes.
Do the footbath everyday, especially for the first few weeks and use our Double Strength Magnesium Lotion and Foot Rejuvenation Cream everyday and massage in.