Plantar Fasciitis Pain: Holistic Treatment


Posted by Maria (New Mexico) on 08/27/2015
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I have been having a lengthy bout with plantar fasciitis and I'm now having some incredible relief after starting to seriously up my potassium intake. The daily recommended dosage is 4700 mg. Most of us get nowhere near that. You'd be eating all day to do it with food. I use a salt substitute, which is potassium chloride, and while I started the potassium for other reasons, lo and behold, my heel pain has vanished after two weeks! It's well known that potassium deficiency causes leg cramps, but I'm guessing it contributes to the heil pain too. Try increasing potassium to at least the minimum daily requirement, and see if it helps!

Replied by Eleni

How did you take the potassium chloride? like a teaspoon a day? and how? mix it in water? did you add anything else?


Posted by Susan (Ca) on 10/28/2018
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I injured my feet about 5 years ago (I fell getting out of the way of a bicyclist). They became very swollen and I felt like I was walking on railroad spikes (not pins and needles). I went to the doctor who said they didn't appear to be broken (I knew that). I walked around, painfully, for months until one day I decided that I needed to eat the sauerkraut in the fridge before it spoiled. The swelling was gone the next morning and about 75% of the blunt/sharp stabbing in the feet was gone, too. My feet aren't 100% and never will be. I'm a walker but I can't walk more than 3-4 miles a day now. They now get really really fatigued and become painful if I try to walk too much. But...sauerkraut gave me back my feet...who knew??? :)

Our bodies are supposed to heal themselves but it doesn't always work, especially when your'e older (I'm 64 now). You've heard, "Feed the gut, feed the brain"? Well, I say, 'Feed the gut, feed the whole body'.

Solomon's Seal

Posted by Deanna (East Sussex, Uk) on 05/12/2015

Solomons Seal root for plantar fasciitis:

I just wanted to add that the plant Solomons Seal (Polygonatum odoratum/biflorum/multiflorum) is an excellent herb for all kinds of strains, tears, looseness of the ligaments, tendons and muscles. As a herbalist, I have noticed some rapid results for this condition and many other similar complaints.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Deanna,

Do you use the Solomon's Seal internally or externally for these conditions?

I have some Solomon's Seal, but have not used it yet.


~Mama to Many~

Supportive Shoes

Posted by Jo-anne (Chilliwack, Bc) on 02/05/2010
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I had Planter Faciitis for over a year and found walking to be extremely painful. My doctor told me that I may need surgery and the thought of that made me cringe. As luck would have it, I moved and began seeing a new doctor. I asked him what he would suggest and he pointed at my sandals and told me that his first piece of advise would be to get rid of them. He said to get myself a good pair of supportive shoes and wear them all the time, both indoors and out. I bought a new pair of good runners for outside and a pair just for inside. It felt funny wearing shoes in the house, but I kept it up and within two weeks the pain had lessened and within a month it was completely gone! Who knew that the cure would be so easy? Obviously not my first doctor.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted by Diane (Lake City, Ar) on 05/08/2011

Is there ANY cure for Tarsel (Tarsal) Tunnel Syndrome? I take Lyrica (Gabapentin) and Tramadol which works to a degree. If I do not take it, I am incapacitated. I've tried massages, heating pads, magnesium oil, staying off my feet and elevating them. I read on this site where omitting Aspartame helped with CARPAL Tunnel Syndrome; so, I will try that along with the other suggestions I found on this site for the Carpal. But, the TARSAL Tunnel Syndrome affect the feet and mobility. The pain has radiated up my legs, too. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

Replied by Dennin
Hemet, Ca.

I have been wearing metatarsal orthotics for almost 20 years, they are the best arch supports around. There is a franchise that sells them in almost every state in the U. S. , Emmit Smith is the spokesperson. His feet hurt so bad when he was on Dancing with the Stars, he now wears them. Look them up, I can wear these orthotics in every kind of shoe style, in sandals I velcro them in, voila!

Plantar fascitis is caused by over extension of the ligments on the bottom of the foot, if the four aches in the foot are supported with the properly sized metatarsal arch structure things will go into a neutral state redistributing the upper body weight on the appropriate bones in the feet. Skeletal posturing occurs, you stand up straight and fatigue diminishes. Amazing stuff happens, yep it does.

Replied by Rosemary
White Rock, B.c., Canada

I am a 55 y.o. woman and suffer from very high arches and metatarsalalgia. My arches ached and toes and foot pads were extremely inflamed and painful to the point of being crippled. I tried epsom salt foot soak, and adding more calcium citrate plus B6 and a variety of cheaper inserts and orthotics. What finally worked was expensive orthotics fitted from weight bearing foam imprints in the proper walking shoes, and BORON, At first I purchased the expensive boron supplements, then I read here that an 1/8th of a tsp of BORAX in one liter of water a day is good for the bones, amongst other things..... Wow... Within 2 weeks I was almost pain free and one month later I am out walking again, I honestly never thought it was going to get better as I had the pain for 1 1/2 years, and off and on for 30 years (I am an avid walker).

Ted's Remedies

Posted by Martina (Burnaby, Bc, Canada) on 01/10/2012

It never occurred to me that my plantar fasciitis might have been caused by a heel spur in combo with some microbial infection but it makes perfect sense. Especially when you think of how much mildew might be hiding in the shower.

I had a year of difficulty walking - so much so that I thought I was going to become lame. I couldn't wear any shoe without an arch support. I had tried stretching, ice, exercises, massage, ibuprofen, castor oil and was still getting progressively worse.

After a year and a half of suffering I tried MSM every two hours for a few days like directed on this site. The MSM didn't seem to make a difference but then I tried soaking in borax/clorox just a couple of times. Within the week, I could put my weight on my heel in the morning - a huge improvement. I can now wear high heels for an entire day again and it's been years since I could wear them.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

Toe Pads

Posted by Icandoit (Portland, Or) on 12/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi all, Not sure quite where to post this info but I recently discovered a book that may help many people who look here for help. It's called Why You Really Hurt: It all starts with the foot by Dr Burton Schuler. I found it at my local library but you my find it online, (though I don't think he even has a website). If you google his name you will find many testimonials for this book and how it explains probably most of the pain you may be experiencing in your feet, ankles, heels, legs, hips, back and upwards from there. He says that the problem stems from a short first metatarsal bone, or it could also be that your first metatarsal is hypermobile either way, it affects the way your foot hits the ground and the way it is supposed to reset itself to prepare for the next step. He dispels a lot of misinformation that is out there about pain, and makes it clear that there is something you can do to feel better. Something that he does not make any money from selling to you (which also makes me trust him as a good source of information) and also encourages you to make your own. There is an entire chapter with photos on how to make and attach them to your feet or insoles.

I just started using the toe pads, and I am seeing immediate results-as in I had pain in my heels, feet, ankles and calves on Sunday... Made the toe pads on Monday... And by that afternoon I could tell that all that I learned in this book was true. I had no problems at work that night (I am a waitress at a busy restaurant) and even more miraculously I had no pain in my feet, heels or ankles-zero- when I got out of bed on Tuesday. That has not happened in a looong time.

I was kind of skeptical that two pieces of foam stuck to the bottom of my feet could do much of anything, and in fact, I had this book for months and thought to myself "oh, I will just try icing it, soaking it, yoga, rest, new shoes, new inserts, podiatrist,, acupuncture and meditation first" No results. It only got worse actually. It was only when I was actually hobbling around that I finally thought "I guess I better try those toe pad things" I am truly amazed and just want to pass along this really great resource. This book is truly the only thing that helped me. I think it may just be able to help you to. There is also another book that I saw raves about on this site called Trigger point Therapy Workbook by Amber Davies. I just got it, but I think it may work well in tandem with the foot pads to help undo the stress my body takes on. I will post my progress, in case it helps.

Replied by Lisa
Sioux Falls, Sd

I would love to know more about this toe pad solutions. Just what are you using and what are you doing with these. Please share. I'm needing self help as I'm on my feet all day so to get help would be great. Thanks.

Replied by El
Ohio, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

This book saved my feet! I found the information here and went up on Amazon to look at Dr. Schuler's book. He is such a humanitarian that you can preview the book and get the basic information you need. I got so much relief from the toe pad that I bought the book. Thank you Earth Clinic and Ted!


Replied by Deborah

I have just ordered this book but have been going to a nueromuscular therapist and having her work on my posture issues - has helped immensely.

Trigger Point Therapy

Posted by Liz (Scranton, Pa) on 08/06/2010
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I understand well how terribly painful heel pain can be. It has recurred three times for me, the second time lasting for two years. I had tried countless remedies, orthotics, and devices with limited help. There have been times when I have left my full grocery cart in the store-- not able to stand or walk another minute. Walking from the parking lot into work took everything I had, and often I would use crutches to spare my poor heel. My active lifestyle seemed over. Then, while researching the benefits of deep tissue, self-message, I came across a book on trigger points therapy, that describes the use of a small super ball (35 mm, smaller than a golf ball/one of those knobber things works too) for rubbing around on the bottom of the foot either standing or sitting but with weight on it. The book explains that knots in deep thick muscles of the foot are the cause of the condition that shortens the fascia along the bottom of the foot that in turn causes spurs and other irregularities in the foot's anatomy.

The process is simple: stand or partially stand with as much weight as is bearable on the small super ball under the foot. Roll the ball around from the front of the foot to heel and from side to side DEEPLY, paying special attention to the area directly in front of the heel pad. THIS WILL BE PAINFUL. LIGHTEN UP TILL IT IS BEARABLE. The author describes that it should "hurt so good". This is what is needed to reach the offending trigger points and release them. This should be repeated 4-6 times a day or as often as is convenient. Also, just to the inside of the heel should be deeply messaged with the thumbs as well. I did this for three days, and the pain I thought I would be living with for the rest of my life completely went away! A year later when I felt the first dull ache starting, I again resumed this message, and the pain was gone the next day. Now at least once or twice a week, I use my super ball to prevent the condition. Really works! Just a word about the book: Search on Amazon using "trigger points" There are countless descriptions of self-message techniques that work for relief of pain.


Posted by Aaron (Cape Coral, Florida) on 06/21/2007
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I tried the TURMERIC remedy for boils about 4 days ago, initially with little hope it would work, but in a state of desperation, since this was my THIRD boil in less than 6 weeks, and I had 2 more starting! I went out as soon as I finished reading all of the testimonials on your site, and bought a bottle of Turmeric capsules from my local GNC. That night I took three 500mg caps with dinner, and another 4 capsules before going to bed. (If a teaspoon is good, a tablespoon is better!) The next morning the boil on my stomach, which was a dark purple golf ball radiating excruciating pain the night before, was now a light purple golf ball that was starting to drain, and the pain had gone down by 80 to 90%!

In addition, one of the new boils that was just starting, (a tiny painful pimple,) started to heal, and the other one, slightly larger, while it didn't go away, it stopped growing, and with 72 hours it too drained (really like a normal pimple, only thicker discharge and more painful.)

It's now been about 4 days, and while the large boil is still draining (the core came out yesterday) and is still very tender, it is healing and no other boils are starting.


The big BONUS is this: The arthritis in my shoulder that I've been suffering with for the last year, is gone, and even more exciting, I have been dealing with Heal Spurs (Plantar Fasciitis) for about 2 years, and have been suffering TREMENDOUS pain in my foot, every day, all day.

Within 24 hours of taking the Turmeric, my feet have COMPLETELY stopped hurting!!!I plan to continue taking at least one capsule a day indefinitely as a preventative for recurring boils, and as an apparent remedy for my Heal Spurs!!! The real miracle here is that I don't even believe in natural remedies! Thanks so much for the great advice!!!

Replied by Catherine

Why not make it a regular part of your diet? I buy bags of it at the Indian market for very little money. I use it during my meal preparation several times a week. It tastes wonderful in/ on food and it does help to get rid of boils. I once had a painful boil and placed the turmeric directly on the boil and covered it with a band-aid. Two days later the boil was completely gone. Apparently it helps to reduce inflamation, which is why it helps with arthritis.

Vet Wrap

Posted by Tj (Muncie, In) on 04/14/2013
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I was suffering from a particularly bad case of plantar fasciitis and heel spur that had caused severe leg cramps in my calf. It was 10:00 at night and I was desperate for relief. I had vet wrap left over from my dog so I wrapped it firmly around my foot from the ball of the foot to the heel. The relief was almost instant and the cramp in my calf went away soon after. The vet wrap is self-adhesive, cheap, and available at any farm or pet supply store. It comes in wider widths for horses and narrower widths for dogs so it's easy to find the right size. It's also thin enough to wear under you socks and shoes.

Vitamin D

Posted by Cdonley (Denver, Colorado) on 08/01/2014
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Try taking vitamin d. I was in so much pain couldn't put my feet on the floor. Unrelated to my foot pain my doctor put me on vitamin d after a blood test showed it was low. My foot pain was gone the next day. If I stop taking it my pain returns. The planter fasciitis was diagnosed by an mri. Now it is gone. Since then my mom was told she had the same thing. I had her take vitamin d 2000 mg and she called me within 3 hours to tell me she was feeling better.

Wormwood Foot Soak

Posted by Fran (Usa) on 10/02/2017
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Plantar Fasciitis

I used 1 quart of vodka and mix 1 oz with wormwood. I put in dark place turn daily for 8 days, then strain and put on feet every night. I sit with my feet in a pan and let in soak in you should be ready to go and fine in about a week... some people take 2 weeks...

God Bless u!

Wrapping Foot With Duct Tape

Posted by Lori K (Newport, Va) on 03/27/2010

I have suffered with heel spurs and opted to have them both operated on about 10yrs ago, or so. Now my right foot has symptoms again. Our health insurance no longer covers the foot Dr it did before so I asked my new Chiropractor. I bought 'paper' tape from the drug store (it's not as rough on the tender feet as duct tape). I gently wrapped my instep for 2 weeks, untilII found arch huggers. These are like sturdy ace bandages (a little thicker though). They are sewn together to make a flat seam. I now use this instead of the paper tape. I wear it each day over my socks, inside my sneakers. I take them off at night, and make sure I put this on my bare instep BEFORE I get out of bed each morning. My Plantar Fasciitis is almost 100% better. Plantar Fasciitis is different than heel spur, but maybe if you 'catch' the pain soon enough with the arch support it may not develop into a heel spur? I don't know this, it's just a suggestion. Anything is better than surgery. Good luck to all. Lori K. Newport Va, USA


Posted by Chuck (Washington, Dc, USA) on 11/18/2012
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I developed plantar fasciitis (no heel spur), which I suspect from running in worn out shoes. I initially got the orthotic from the podiatrist but it was just a bandaid that didn't heal anything.

I'm a yoga practitioner and I unwittingly healed the plantar fasciitis by doing yoga about 3x a week for about 6 months. I talked to a yoga instructor who studied plantar fasciitis and she said that yoga heals plantar fasciitis by making the feet bigger. Worked for me!

Replied by Janet

i have had severe plantar fasciitis for some time now have tried the following orthotics, wearing a boot, cortisone shots, weekly massage, weekly Physio, intensive acupuncture, taping, dry needling.Currently taking calcium and magnesium, my diet is very good.

I am now trying the ACV drink soaking my feet in a bucket with borax, black molasses and ACV, and massaging my feet with turmeric and olive oil then arnica. Basically all the tips I have learnt from this site. Will let you known how I get on. Not sure how to do the foot sock with the solution if someone wishes to explain please I will try that as well.