I’m not surprised that I suffer from plantar fasciitis since I’m on my feet for hours during the day and my favorite activity is running. As a nurse, I’ve seen a lot of patients suffering from this condition and I know the best way in treating it. There’s no need to suffer in silence with this irritating and painful condition and you must have faith that you’ll be able to get rid of the pain. However, you must keep in mind that treating heel pain isn’t something that happens overnight.
In my experience, treating plantar fasciitis happens through rehab and stretching, but I don’t want to underestimate the power of home remedies. Actually, there are some weird at-home treatments that are surprisingly effective.
1. Picking Up Marbles With Your Toes
This exercise strengthens the muscles of your feet, creating better stabilization of the plantar fascia ligament, and improving your gait.
How it works: Sit in a chair with your feet out in front of you. Scatter marbles on the floor by your feet, and place a water glass a few inches in front. Pick up the marbles with your toes, and place them in the glass.
2. Covering Your Feet With Cabbage
Cabbage contains a pigment called anthocyanin, which may help to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
How it works: Soften a few cabbage leaves (preferably red) over a low flame so that they do not break as you form them to your feet. Secure the leaves into place with gauze or a bandage, and allow it to sit overnight. Some people recommend pouring honey on the cabbage leaves before fastening them.
3. Soaking Your Feet in Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is rich in nutrients and minerals, including magnesium which can be absorbed through the skin.
How it works: Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and 6 cups of warm water in a tub or container. Submerge aching feet and soak for 30 minutes.
4. Rubbing Mustard Oil on Your Feet
By doing a warm mustard oil massage you will help the muscles of your feet relax and bring blood flow to the area.
How it works: Warm a teaspoon of mustard oil my microwaving for a few seconds, and massage it into the sole and heel of your foot in a circular motion.
5. Using Aloe Vera Topically or Internally
Aloe vera contains mucopolysaccharides, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
How it works: Aloe vera can be consumed or massaged into the skin topically.