Tips on How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis Naturally
Using pain killers to treat the heel and arch pain that comes from Plantar Fasciitis can become a daily and unhealthy ritual.
We all know taking acetaminophen and ibuprofen for extended periods of time can lead to unwanted side effects.
Dealing with your foot and ankle issues naturally is the best path to follow–and the gentler that path, the better results and relief you’ll find.
Here are some of the best tips on how to naturally treat Plantar Fasciitis and get you back on your feet once more:
Tip #1: Treat The Cause, Not The Symptom
These are the first steps needed to begin the healing process and get rid of the nagging, sometimes sharp, pains that stem from an injured plantar fascia.
- First, staying off of your feet as much as possible, along with elevating your ankles will help you begin the healing process.
- Adding cold packs to the foot and ankle will help reduce swelling and inflammation, the main cause of pain due to Plantar Fasciitis.
- Gentle to intense stretching will have an enormous impact over time.
- Yoga poses, such as downward dog and other ankle and foot stretches will aid in relieving tension in and bringing oxygenated blood to the affected area.
Another cause of ankle and foot problems could be your diet. Nutrition deficiencies may be exacerbating your issues. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water (10 glasses per day, every day) and not eating foods high in sodium, refined carbs, and cholesterol. See the next tip for foods you should be focusing on for healing.
Tip #2: Supplements To Speed The Healing
Healing connective tissue needs to occur inside the body. Healing from within by adding specific supplements to your diet will speed up your recovery by 35% according to research. Here are some supplements and their positive impact:
- Amino Acids: This is the number one dietary supplement you should be focusing on. Aminos make up seventy five percent of our bodies. It assists in muscle building (helping you strengthen the muscles in and around you ankle and foot) and in the rebuilding and repairing processes throughout your body. meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal proteins are high in amino acids. As for getting aminos through pill form, L-lysine and arginine are the top two.
- Fatty acids, such as Omega 3’s: Our faciitis pain comes mainly from inflammation. If we can reduce it, we can relieve a lot of pain and get our bodies on their way to heal. There are a variety of fish oil supplements, but we can get large doses of these fatty acids from the foods we eat. Fish like salmon and mahi tuna are a good place to start, but don’t stop there. Try adding more walnuts to your menu, along with beans, wild rice, and even edamame (soy beans).
- Antioxidants: Freeing the body from damaging free radicals is important as a treatment. Japanese green tea has always been high in antioxidants, but we can go back to our beans (red kidney and pinto) for more. Also, eat more berries, such as blueberries and blackberries.
Tip #3: Is It Your Environment?
Simply examining your lifestyle and environment may reveal the main cause of your Plantar Fasciitis. Over use and abuse of your feet and ankles will cause these symptoms.
If this is the case, your best bet is to do what you can to change it.
There are so many natural Plantar Fasciitis treatment advice floating around, but by far the fastest and most effective one we’ve encountered so far is Jeremy Robert’s Fast Plantar Fasciitis Cure™.