Plantar Fasciitis


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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

This is a common cause of pain by the heel and sometimes along the entire bottom of your foot. It occurs when you have a tightness/irritation of the muscles and tissues that form the "suspension bridge" on the bottom of your foot.

Recommended Supplements for Plantar Fasciitis

Begin by taking 1,000-1,500 mg of calcium and 200 mg of magnesium at bedtime. Give it 6 weeks to start working.

Other Therapies & Advice for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Wearing a boot or brace at night that keeps your foot at a right angle while you sleep (easy to find online) helps.
  • A podiatrist or chiropractor familiar with the technique can tape the bottom of your foot. This was a wonderful trick that an excellent Dallas chiropractor, Dr. Ron Huse, taught me. This tape then takes over the role of the suspension support and may ease the pain immediately.

Be Sure to Check for Heel Spurs

  • If the pain is from a small tender area over your heel, it may come from a tender thin bony “spur.” Start with an adhesive “doughnut shaped” pad (the “doughnut hole” goes over the tender area).
  • Gently massaging the heel area while bathing can break up the heel spur over time.
  • Often pain diagnosed as heel spurs is actually coming from a tender muscle knot at the bottom of your calf muscle (which can be massaged to release).