Natural Ways to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

By Dr Josh Axe

Plantar Fasciitis plagues many people, especially runners, but it doesn't have to. There are some simple things you can do to prevent and get rid of plantar fasciitis forever.

4 Secrets to treating Plantar Fasciitis naturally:
1. Deep tissue work on the affected area
-You can get a professional massage or simply use a tennis ball, baseball, or rolling pin under the foot to deeply massage and stretch the tendon.
-The deep-tissue massage will help break up the scar tissue and relax the muscle.
-Do this massage 2-3 times per day for about 2-5 minutes.
2. Stretching
-Find a set of stairs to lean against and deeply stretch the plantar tendon.
3. Nutrition and Supplements
-Certain nutrients can help relax tendons:
a. Magnesium: the #1 nutrient for healing plantar fasciitis
-Recommended Dosage: 500 mg/day (before bed)
b. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): helps to relax the muscle and heal the plantar tendon
c. Fish Oil: great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids
d. Vitamin C: helps with the absorption of Vitamin B5
-Consume an anti-inflammatory diet, like my Healing Foods Diet:
4. Strengthening the muscles of the feet
-One of the main causes of plantar fasciitis is wearing the wrong type of shoes, which causes the muscles in the feet to weaken.
-Walking barefoot or wearing barefoot shoes (such as Vibrams) helps strengthen the tendons, calf muscle, arches, and muscles in the feet. Ease your way into wearing barefoot shoes.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
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