Plantar Fasciitis Pain: Holistic Treatment

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Posted by Alex (Hawthorne, California) on 11/25/2012
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I want to thank this community for the information provided on the use of the Borax soaks for heel spur pain.

I went through 9 months of plantar fasciatis generated from heel spurs as it turns out. I tried orthotics, heel cups, new shoes, ibuprofen, ice, heat, pulse massager, and copius amounts of beer (beer not necessary, I know).

Untill one day when I read this board and said, "what could I possibly lose". I bought borax, powdered 20 mule team, poured warm water into a container and plenty of powder. never measured, I was just not hesitant to add.

24 hours later, I was better. 2-3 days into it I could feel something happenning as my foot soaked. I was so far gone that it's taken 9 - 10 days of soaking but i'm finally awaking pain free and I feel but a little sting every now and then.

I will continue to wrap and cushion my arch and my heel, as well as soak until it's all gone. Happy soaking all!!


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Posted by Bern (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 06/20/2012
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Some years ago I developed a pain, mainly in the heel area, on both my feet. I was unable to walk for more than half an hour without feeling excruciating pain. It was so bad, I was on my hands and knees crawling. On visiting the doctor, I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. To cut a long story short, I took calcium supplements over a number of months and the pain disappeared. The calcium pills I took are very strong so I caution everyone to be careful of the dosage they take. Other than that, I would recommend heel spur sufferers to take calcium supplements (with Vit D to help absorption) to get rid of this ailment. Hint: constantly look at the health of your nails to see whether your calcium intake is lacking/adequate/too much and vary your intake accordingly.

Replied by Rose
Ontario Canada

Have non stop pain in feet and legs that makes everyday activities difficult to impossible. Just wondering abut how much calcium you took ? My nails are extremely thin and fragile so I am wondering if [like in your situation] calcium is the issue ? Thanks for any help.

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Posted by Mary (Syracuse, New York) on 05/15/2013
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I love this site! This is my first post. I'm a 55 year old female and have suffered a good deal of my life from plantar fasciitis. Of late, it has reached a point where if I sit for just a few minutes, any time during the day, I suffer just to get walking again! I came across some info on cod liver oil and decided to try it. Within about 3-4 days my pain was nearly gone! It has also greatly relieved my long standing head and neck pain/strain from wearing bifocals!

I take 2 teaspoons of lemon-flavored cod liver oil mixed up well with 2 teaspoons of milk once a day. Cod liver oil thins the blood, so if you are on blood thinners such as Plavix or Coumadin do not take it! Also, if you have an upcoming surgery, do not take for two weeks before hand! (and a bit after). Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should also avoid! Do your research!

Once you are on it, you can skip a dose or two, but if you stop it, the pain will return! When you stop it for a few days, you realize the benefits you were receiving from it! So, my plantar fasciitis is much better, but not cured.

Replied by Selina
Morristown Tn
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A friend recommended fermented cod liver oil to me for my plantar fascitis. She swears it cured her husband and son-n-law. I took one dose and can already tell it is helping. It is absolutely disgusting to take but if it will help I'm willing to continue.

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Posted by Mytake (Wilmington, DE, USA) on 09/10/2014
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I have used food grade diatomaceous earth for a little over two months now, worked my way up to two tablespoons a day in a glass of water. What I have noticed so far is my plantar fasciitis no longer hurts on my right foot, my nails are growing so fast I have to "tend" to them twice a week, improved energy levels, 2X daily bowel elimination (as opposed to one). All of this has taken about two months so patience is key. At 51 years old, I do exercise daily, eat about a 75% clean diet, but have about 30 pounds to loose. I believe the food grade DE is really pretty awesome...and is not a danger if properly used. I am a nurse and do believe many simple natural products support our immune system greatly. DE is one that I will continue the rest of my life with one day off a week. Good luck everyone - follow your intuition.

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Posted by Susan (Tx) on 01/20/2014

I have been suffering with either heel spurs or plantar facititis for over a year. I have done numerous eating plans and recently tried eating paleo. I also started taking 2 tbsp of coconut oil per day and eating more oranges and 1 banana a day. The past few weeks I have been in so much pain that it is horrible to even walk.

I started to look into foods that cause inflammation and got out my Eat Right For Your Blood Type. I am type A+

I should be eating vegetarian and I do prefer veggies and fruits. I was surprised to see that a few of my avoid foods are coconut, oranges, bananas and they have been in my daily diet!

I thought the diet was kinda goofy but was going to give it a try. I have eliminated all of my avoid foods and have been eating mostly my beneficial foods for my blood type.

I am noticing that I am not feeling bloated and my joints and feet feel way better! I am going to keep trying this eating plan to see if it's just a fluke or if there is something to this eating plan.

I will update in a few weeks to let everyone know how things are going.

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The blood Type works like a dream. May I suggest that you read the Book "live right for your type" its more up to date and takes into account many more things. although the first book is still brilliant. Secretor status is one of the most important things. This can change the foods that are beneficial. The blood test is not expensive. Feel free to contact me if you need further info.

While you are at it I would also get an "MN" blood group test done to see if you are MM, NN or MN... that can make a bif difference to especially if you are "MM or NN". Good luck and lucky you for finding the blood type diet.

Replied by Thehandyman1947

People don't pay attention to the blood type diet, because nobody makes money on the diet, but it works. I have the blood type diet typed on paper, so it's easy to follow, trying to copy and paste, if I can figure it out I'll send it.

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I bought two books on the blood type diet and also found the cards that you can carry in your purse. I'm learning pretty fast what foods to avoid but hate not eating some of my favorites such as bananas, oranges, mangos and coconut!

It's a good thing I love eating more vegetarian but I need to figure out how to get in my carbs, protein and good fats. I also try to avoid eating anything processed so the blood type food plan should be easy once I get the hang of it!

Thanks for offering to forward your info but don't worry if you can't copy and paste it.

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I was told by my Naturopath dr to start eating vegetarian years ago because I had A+ blood. He also ran tests on me and showed me that my alkaline phosphatase was so low that it didn't even register on the lab charts! Type As have low levels to begin with.

I tried it but it got hard to make two different meals so I went back to making healthy but not good for your type foods. Now I am noticing that my body feels lighter and I am not hurting as much. It seems like a fluke but I am going with my gut feeling and will stick to eating more vegetarian for the time being. I also notice that I'm not clearing the phlegm from my throat!

Thanks for all of the ideas!

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Posted by Laura (Woodberry, Nsw) on 06/22/2011
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Re plantar fasciitis and heel spur... The only long time relief I have found are those new walker rocker shoes..... I had tried a lot of things... the stretches, massage, pain killers....these shoes work and if I chose I could again use my other shoes... not sure for how long though...these are the shoes with the curved sole.... they stop the heel strike....

Replied by Dolly

Rocker shoes are awesome and offer much needed comfort to those of us with Plantar Fasciitis. I have had shots to kill the nerves, surgery to repair, 400 dollar insoles, steroid shots, Tens unit and so on. My doctor is recommending a new treatment to use ultrasound waves to damage my heal further and cause it to be extremely inflamed so my body will heal it. This is the first I have been on this site. gonna try ACV.

Replied by Little Wing

My friend cured his heel spurs by soaking his heels in magnesium oil for 5-10 minutes every night before bed.

Replied by Ruby

More instructions please. How much mag oil to water? Hot, cold?

In excruciating pain both feet with PF. I'm desperate for relief. Thanks.

Replied by Steve

You can buy magnesium oil at any health food store and apply straight to any area of pain/stiffness. I would just take a handful and rub it into the feet.

Posted by Anna (Austin, TX) on 05/08/2009
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I've had the plantar fasciitis pretty bad for over a month. I couldn't even walk around the house without being in real pain. I used a firm, foam roller and had one of my kids add a little weight to roll out my calves from the knees down. The very next day the pain was very managable. It's like getting a deep massage. Much more effective than just stretching. The heels still hurt when I stand or sit in one spot for too long. I'm guessing that's the calcium deposit. I'm going to try the ACV treatment. I'm a runner and I'm tired of being sidelined.

Replied by Cathy
Roanoke, Va

Sketchers have now come out with a newly designed shoe that is awesome! If purchasing the heavier, larger profile "rocker", please use caution with wearing these - you need to break them in gradually - meaning gradually wear them longer each time you put them on. I've talked to a few people who have had pulled tendons and other problems from putting them on and wearing them for long periods of time without slowly breaking them in.

The newest shoes are softer, the sole is split to make it very flexible, and they weigh next to nothing. I am very pleased with them and didn't have to break them in much as the profile is smaller. After my raves, two other friends of mine bought them and love them as well. I am hopeful that this will help me continue to walk regularly and that they soft soles will hold up and not break down quickly. Koodos to Sketcher for coming up with these shoes!!

I am dealing the a heel spur now along with tendonitis in my elbow. Both occured at the same time after a minor accident from getting trapped beneath a large trash can that was filled to the brim with rocks, soil, and grass clumps. I figured the shock to my system may have been the cause of the two. I am going to give some of the ideas here a try and will post my results as things progress. After reading many suggestions, and because I am cautious as to what I put into and onto my body, I believe I'll begin with taking the AVC (hope I can handle the taste! ) and increase my calcium, magnesium (aids in calcium absorption), and vita D - all of which you need more of as you age anyway. I will strongly suggest purchasing only good quality suppliments and stay away from drug store, grocery store brands. Do your homework when shopping for suppliments and consider only using those purchased from natural food stores or Shak.... products (don't know if I can name specific companies or not).

Replied by Pumpkin
Middle Of, Indiana

To Cathy from Roanoke: I also developed plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow around the same time, early last year. I am 45 now.

I asked, but the doctor and physical therapist told me that these two conditions had nothing to do with each other, but I just felt that they did.

It seems that all my connective tissues have suddenly taken a turn for the worse, without an obvious reason. I feel that my entire body is more fragile than it was, and don't know why. Maybe I'm lacking some substance (mineral or vitamin etc. ), or maybe I have taken too much of something in the past few years (I do take quite a few supplements), or maybe there is something going wrong within my physical structure.

The physical therapist said that it was just aging, but I don't know if aging (in the early 40s) happens that fast, like from going to feeling just fine and pretty resilient physically, to feeling like things were quickly breaking down due to only minor stresses and strains being put upon them -- from one month to the next. And then not getting any better, even after a year of living very healthfully and trying several treatments.

Replied by Kr

Could you tell me what type of "Sketchers" you got? I was wearing the Go Walks and my foot doctor said this is what caused my plantar fasciitis. Thanks so much!

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Posted by Legofighter700 (Utah) on 07/11/2016
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I have spent over a thousand dollars to try and find remedies for my plantar fasciitis. After suffering for a few years, the best remedies I have found are to stretch. Stretch for 3 whole minutes, 3 times a day. After a month, my feet went from feeling like walking on glass, to walking on bubblegum. I also used a golf ball for deep tissue massage. With the two, my feet feel great. When my feet hurt again, I go back to this and it clears it up.

Posted by Rexe (Junction City, Ar) on 12/31/2010
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This is what I did for plantars fasciiatis, stand straight facing a wall. Place your well foot to the wall, move the sore foot away from the wall-behind you- until you feel a good streach in the back of your leg stretch and release, stretch and release, do this 3 or 4 times, the next day do the same thing, you probably will not notice any change except you can move the sore foot back farther each day, keep doing it everyday, soon the problem will be gone, and you will have no heel pain. It has worked for me and a family member.

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Thank you Rexe, I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this gave me instant relief.

Within seconds of the first stretch, 90 percent of the pain is gone. I can walk normally. Best remedy yet for me. Thanks

Replied by Sue A

I don't believe you "stretch" to help heel spur(s). That is bone or growth of bone.

Stretching helps plantar fasciitis.

What a lot of people believe is the stretching is helping the heel spur itself. It does not help the spurs. It helps with the pain from plantar fasciitis. Eases tightness of the muscles. And in turn gets rid of, or reduces, foot pain.

I used to have terrible pain in my feet. Foot doctor got me into good shoe inserts and started a stretching program. Every day have to stretch.

Check with you foot doctor for what stretches to do and how often to do them.

Posted by Corinna (London, Kent, England) on 02/05/2010
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I suffered months with debilitating foot pain (plantar fasciitis). Eventually, I found a ridiculously simple cure: Simply stretch the sole of your foot as you take slow steps. Roll over the ball of your feet gently, leave the toes on the ground and then stretch the sole of your feet for a second or two. Repeat 10 to 20 times several times a day. The foot pain got immediately better and generally subsided during the course of 2 or 3 weeks. I have since been pain free for one year.

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Thank you! This has helped so much! I still have pain but as soon as it gets bad, I start doing this exercise. Am also trying grapefruit seed extract rubbed on at night, so perhaps the combination is what is working.

Replied by Sue
Illinois, US
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Thank you. This was so helpful - I took your advice and modified it a bit for me. My walking shoes have a broad toe so with each step I spread my toes out wide and stretch my foot as I take my next step. The pain has moderated considerably and I now think I'll be able to take regular walks again -- after not walking regularly for over a year and seeing my health suffer accordingly. I found this site by googling plantar fasciitis. I sure do appreciate all the helpful tips. I started with the easiest one I could find and it helped! I'm going to start taking tumeric also.

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Posted by Kelly (Dublin, Ireland) on 09/28/2014
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I've tried EVERYTHING in the last 7 years since I've had plantar fasciitis. Acupunture, herbs, supplements, soaks, inserts, shoes, stretching yoga and finally the best answer for me, one change in my diet.

Over the years ECCO shoes (just some of them) have made walking possible and comfortable. (I hated birkenstock and orthototics).

Yoga stretching helped a huge amount short term as did acupuncture. But the results just didn't 'stick'.

What worked was cutting out gluten. I'm not celiac and have zero digestive disturbance so I'm quite surprised but actually cut out gluten, (as an experiment to improve my diet), noticed day by day in just one week that my feet felt 100% normal!

Going gluten free also just isn't that hard with all the options out there. I thought it would be, in case that's a reservation for any of you out there.

Keep in mind there's sneaky gluten in things like SOY (but you can get gluten free soy)

I hope this helps someone else.

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Kiel, Wi, USA
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I suffered with painful plantar fascitis for quite a few years. After being diagnosed with celiac disease and adhering to a strict gluten-free diet, all of my plantar fascitis problems vanished. Not sure if this is your problem, but if you or anyone else in your family (it's hereditary and some people have NO symptoms) have digestive issues such as bloating, gas or abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or both, migraines, anemia, bone or joint pain, you might want to get tested. Good luck!

Replied by Anon

I've read that Plantar Fasciitis, Dupuytren's Contracture or Carpal Tunnel ... are signs of iodine deficiency.

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Posted by Ccadroz93 (Midlothian, Tx, Usa) on 08/10/2011
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I had crippling facciitis. I did the shots (worthless... The shots hurt more than the faciitis and only gave minimal relief) I have a drawer full of every orthotic known to man (none of which took away the pain in my facciia or my heel) I ended up tearing it doing stretches that were recommended and in the end after 2 doctor recommendations had surgery to repair the faciia. 2 years later my foot is still jacked up and I began having the same issue with my other foot. One day I saw a guy actually running barefoot on the street. I did some research to find out what damage I was sure he was doing to his feet and after reading about these "barefooters" I started going barefoot whenever possible. My good foot no longer has any pain at all and my foot that had the surgery has improved dramatically. All the orthotics were doing is holding the facciia in a shortened position which is the problem in the first place.... When I started going barefoot, it was able to stretch naturally. Pain is almost completely gone! Anyone looking for an orthotic collection?? LOL

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Posted by Donna (Ohio) on 10/23/2017
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About 6-7 years ago my husband complained of foot pain. He worked as a mechanic and jumped down from the trucks onto the floor. We decided that it was plantar fasciitis. Knowing that grapefruit extract helped with inflammation, we tried it for the foot pain. He took 125 mg, 3-4 times a day, everyday for a week or so, then cut back to one a day. I do not think it heals the problem as it will return if not taken every day, but as long as he takes 125 mg everyday he does not have the pain.

Posted by John (Eugene, Oregon) on 07/15/2008
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One year ago I was supposedly diagnosed with heal spurs and plantar fasciitis. Doc did not want to acknowledge the symptoms of migrating pain and twitching up the leg and into the body. I would at times catch a cold, and would feel it go into my heel, which would then swell so I could not walk. One day out of desperation, I rubbed GSE on it. The next day the pain was gone. A week later, I felt the pain and swelling come back. Again, over night with the GSE say 12 drops on the bottom of the foot, and it was gone the next morning. Simply amazing. I had not considered GSE but had tried: Iodine, DMSO, H2O2, other essential oils, colloidal silver, heating foot packs, magnesium oil rubs and soaks; some of which helped a small bit, but nothing like the GSE. So take it for what it's worth. And thanks Ted.

Replied by Angela
Sacramento, California Usa
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WOW! Thanks John, the GSE worked on my heel pain too! I woke up this morning w/o the pain. I just rubbed the GSE on both heels yesterday mourning and again last night and today the pain is gone. Love, love, love, this site!

Replied by Siouxzee
Waterloo, Ontario

I am developing plantar fascitis again after a couple of pain-free years.

Can you specify this is GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT and not GRAPE SEED EXTRACT?? Some of the other posts are saying Grape Seed Extract which is what I bought and it's not helping at all after 4 days. Is this capsules or an oil???

Replied by Judy

GSE stands for Grapefruit Seed Extract.

Replied by Deb
Wyncote, Pa
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I read John's post a couple days ago and yesterday purchased Grapefruit Seed Extract (hint: it's an oil). Rubbed about 25 drops on my feet and felt a slight tingling, woke up overnight and felt NO pain. Thought it was a fluke and went back to sleep. Woke up in the am and the only pain I felt was very slight on the medial and lateral edges of my foot. This is unbelievable, I'm also putting the GSE in green tea with apple cider vinegar (acv), vitamin E and colloidal silver. Good luck to you!

Replied by Rob

I see a grapefruit seed extract online, which only says use 10 drops and dilute it with water, how are you all doing it? I haven't purchased any bottles yet, I'm going out of my mind because I've been in pain ALL year and nothing has worked!!

Replied by Joan
Chewelah, Wa
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After months of constant pain, I went to the podiatrist and came out with a plan: stretching, support inserts, anti-inflammatories. And then I found this site. The only thing I actually did was get the inserts (but don't wear those shoes that often) and apply GSE.

After a couple of days of GSE, the pain was GONE! I NEVER would have thought to use it in this situation, but it works!

Replied by Linda
Dundee, Scotland

Hi I have just read your comments about grapefruit seed extract for plantar fasciitis. I am constantly in pain in both feet with this problem and I was wondering if you need to use a carrier oil with this and what product did you use? Thank you

Replied by Janet

Linda, Our family has had 4 different people with this issue. I used a arch pad, very cheap on amazon, eventually mine went away. But what I did not know several things about what causes it. First vitamin d3 deficiency. You maybe can get your Dr. to test you. Some, most do not believe this is a problem. I take 10,000iu a day if I have been in the sun. Most in vitamin d group I am in on facebook have P. F. My mom used the arch and began D3 and is 100% better at 80 yrs old. My husband works on cement, miles of walking 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, for him he wears arches and is doing high dose d3 NOW brand is safe and available in your country I believe, what you want to avoid is safflower oil as an ingredient, should be olive oil or coconut oil only. If you take d3 you will need to increase magnesium At least 6 to 800 mg split in 2 doses everyday mag citrate is good or mag malate if you tend to runny stools. 200mcg of selenium yeast is the third component of this as these 2 minerals are sorely needed also. Because my husband gets little rest he also sees a chiropractor to break up the bunched tissue, this is manipulation to release all the tissue where it belongs no exposed nerve consequently. A great soak is apple cider vinegar as over time it will break up the bundle.

For pain you need a thick heel pad at least 1/8 inch thick, or glue 2 together, with a piece of colored chalk mark the place on your foot thickly, with the chalk, put pad in your shoe, then your foot with the chalk. You now cut a hole in the pad at the chalk mark stabbing in with scissors cut a small hole then increase size so that sore spot does not strike the shoe. This gives immediate relief. I sent them to my mom and she put 1 in her slippers 1 in her shoe so that spot never touched anything until it began to heal. Janet

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Posted by Teresa (Morristown, Tn) on 07/22/2015
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I've been wearing high heels for a week and this is the first time I've been able to walk with out limping for six months. My plantars fasciitis was so bad I recently had to take a week off work and go to bed. I'd been wearing Crocs with Dr. Scholl's insoles and getting no relief. In desperation, I pulled out an old pair of high heels I never wear anymore and wore them in the house at night, and the next morning the heel pain was almost gone.

Today I'm walking normally and I've begun wearing a pair of clogs that have a two inch heel on them. I guess it really does work for me to stretch the muscles on the bottom of my feet by wearing heels. Hurray!