5 Plantar Fasciitis Natural Remedies + 5 Key Stretches

December 4, 2017

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Roughly 10 percent of the adult population suffers from the type of heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. (1) Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick fascia tissues of the heels. It’s a common running injury and usually triggered due to overuse of the feet during exercise, or from working out with poor form. It can affect either one heel at a time (usually in the dominant foot), or both simultaneously.

Facts About Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults. It accounts for an average of one million patient visits per year to family doctors, orthopedics and general surgeons
  • Experts believe that the causes of plantar fasciitis are multi-factorial. Risk factors include overtraining, older age, excessive foot pronation, obesity or being overweight and poor form when working out
  • It’s most likely to affect middle-aged people and those who spend lots of time on their feet or exercising. In fact, about 83 percent of patients with heel pains are active working adults between the ages of 25 and 65 years old
  • Athletes (especially runners), people who have physically-demanding jobs and soldiers are most susceptible to developing heel problems and pains
  • The prevalence rates of plantar fasciitis among runners is between 4 to 22 percent, with higher rates occurring in those who don’t allow enough time between workouts for proper muscle recovery
  • Studies show that about one-third of all people with plantar fasciitis report experiencing painful symptoms in both feet
  • According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 90 percent of all patients with plantar fasciitis will improve within 10 months of starting simple treatment methods which can be done at home (2)

5 Plantar Fasciitis Natural Treatments

For the majority of people with plantar fasciitis, conservative treatments — as opposed to more aggressive treatments like surgery, shock wave therapy or steroid injections — can help decrease inflammation and pain.

1. Rest, Massage & Ice the Heel

The first order of business in treating plantar fasciitis involves taking time off from repetitive movements that trigger the condition and increase pain. You’ll likely need at least several weeks of rest to allow the affected tissue to heal properly, although the exact time period needed differs from person to person. While you’re giving your feet a rest, you can continue to perform low-impact sports that don’t cause pain, including swimming or bicycling.

Immediately after an injury or episode that causes swelling, icing can be helpful. Try elevating the affected foot and applying an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 to 4 times daily. Some experts even recommend freezing a water-filled paper cup and rolling it over the site of discomfort for about five to seven minutes to massage the area. (3)

Once swelling subsides a bit after about 2 to 3 days, massage the heel and apply heat along with beneficial essential oils to further reduce inflammation. Warm oil massages are extremely beneficial for your feet because they increase blood and fluid flow, speed up the healing process and break up scar tissue or adhesions that can harden. Massage the painful heel with your hands in circular motions for 15 minutes or more daily. Try warming up a small amount of coconut or olive oil and then adding essential oils like rosemary oil, thyme oil, rose oil or lavender oil to decrease pain and swelling.

In addition, roller massage is a great option for plantar fascitis or any foot issues. Simply roll your foot over the roller massager for relief.



2. Practice Heel Exercises and Plantar Fasciitis Stretches

Studies show that in patients with plantar fasciitis, stretching exercises for the legs and affected heel are one of the most effective treatment options. Stretching the bottom of the foot, along with exercising and strengthening the legs (especially the calf and Achilles tendon), reduces tissue adhesion, improves form, helps improve range of motion and may decrease pain.

One study from the Baltalimanı Osteopathic Training and Research Hospital in Turkey found that 96 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis experienced improvements after performing specific heel stretches for 5 months. The study also found that symptoms improved after performing stretching exercises twice a day. Stretches included 10 repititions, holding for 20 seconds each time. The American Orthopedic Food And Ankle Society, along with the Mayo Clinic, recommend the following exercises and stretches to help treat plantar fasciitis: (3, 4)

  • Towel stretches: Pull on both ends of a rolled towel that you place under the ball of your foot. Move your foot and the towel around to help massage the affected tissue. You can use a warmed towel for extra relief.
  • Toe stretching: Cross your affected leg over your other leg and take hold of your affected foot. Pull your toes back towards your shin. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds and do 10 repetitions.
  • Thumb massage: Try rubbing your thumb left to right over the arch of the affected foot. As healing progresses, the tissue will ideally become firm like a guitar string.
  • Squat stretches: Lean forward and spread your feet apart with one foot in front of the other. Flex your knees and squat down, keeping your heels on the ground as long as possible. Hold for 10 seconds at a time. Repeat 20 times.
  • Achilles tendon stretches: Place your affected leg behind your unaffected leg with the toes of your back foot pointed towards the heel of your other foot. Lean against a wall and bend your front knee while keeping your back leg straight. Keep your back heel firmly on the ground and stretch it for 10 seconds at a time, up to 10 times daily.

3. Wear Supportive Shoes & Footwear

Your shoes can really impact your walking or running form. Shoes also impact your ability to withstand force and pressure. If you experience heel pain frequently, it’s a good idea to consult an expert, such as a physical therapist or trained employee in a sporting goods store. They can measure your feet and help you find the best type of sneakers or shoes for your foot type. Your shoes can offer extra cushion and arch support which lower risk for injury while exercises or going about your day. (5)

If you’re a runner, make sure to buy new shoes after about 500 miles of use to avoid wear-out and injury. Avoiding high heels, sandals and going barefoot on hard surfaces can all help control heel pains and symptoms. Another option would be to consider to wearing specialized foot orthotics or splints. Your doctor or physical therapist might recommend wearing a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot. These can even be worn during sleep without much effort at all (called a “night splint”). Night splints help keep the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position which increases flexibility. Heel cups are another useful support device, made of cushions that are custom-fitted to your arches in order distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.

4. Maintain A Healthy Weight

Reaching and sustaining a healthy body weight (meaning a BMI between about 19 to 25 for most people) can help minimize the amount of stress placed on your heels. The higher your body weight, and the weaker your lower leg muscles, the more pressure your heels experience. (6)

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, reducing stress, getting enough sleep and regularly exercising can all help with weight loss and maintenance. Some of the best foods for weight loss and controlling inflammation include: fresh fruits and vegetables (these are rich in magnesium and potassium), raw foods, green juices, wild-caught fish, probiotic foods, nuts and seeds, and healthy proteins like cage-free eggs and pasture-raised poultry. Just be sure to choose organic produce to avoid the dirty dozen.

5. Consider Visiting a Physical Therapist

If pain doesn’t subside after following the advice above on your own, visit a physical therapist. A therapist teach you how to perform heel exercises to stretch the plantar fascia in the most effective way. If you’re new to running or exercising, a therapist can also work with you to learn proper form. Therapists can also help you learn how to strengthen your Achilles tendons, calves and lower leg muscles, along with your ankles and lower back, to stabilize your body weight over your heels better.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms & Diagnosis

Plantar fasciitis symptoms usually develop gradually over several weeks or months, especially after beginning  an exercise program or becoming active in a new way.
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The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: (7)

  • Pain in the heel, especially when waking up and taking the first few steps of the day
  • Worsening bone and joint pain after exercising, lifting weights or carrying heavy objects
  • Tenderness and sometimes swelling throughout the feet
  • Trouble walking normally and completing everyday tasks without pain
  • Reduced pain when stopping repetitive movements or exercising for a period of time

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Most form of heel spurs or pains, including plantar fasciitis, are caused by an inflammatory process that results in changes in the tissues of the heels. Plantar fasciitis is characterized as a disorder of degenerative changes in the foot’s “fascia” tissue, which help support the arches of the feet, bear the weight of the body and absorb shock and pressure. Plantar fascia are thick, elastic and connect the heel bones (called the metatarsal bones) to the toes which creates the arch of the foot.

When someone develops plantar fasciitis, they experience tiny micro-tears in the heel fascia due to injury or overuse that lead to inflammation and swelling (fluid build-up called perifascial edema). In the process of the body trying to heal the micro-tears, the heel pad increases in thickness and loses flexibility, normal range of motion and the ability to absorb shock. The affected heel becomes unable to “push-off” the ground normally or withstand the body’s weight. This means that every time someone tries to get up and move around they feel pain and compensate by either staying inactive or changing posture.

This often triggers a vicious cycle leading to more tissue damage. This abnormal repair process often leads to collagen degeneration, structural changes and ongoing swelling.

Risk factors for plantar fasciitis, heel pains and heel spurs include:

  • Being an athlete or someone who exercises often; overuse of the tissue in the feet can lead to a higher susceptibility for injury.
  • Having a job that requires a lot of standing and walking (being a waitress, maid/cleaner or landscaper for example).
  • Exercising with poor form, on hard surfaces, and not properly warming up.
  • Being a runner, especially someone who runs with worn0out shoes or improper form. Studies show that plantar fasciitis is the third most common running injury (behind patellofemoral pain that affects the knee, and iliotibial band syndrome which affects the shins). (8)
  • Having biomechanical problems with alignment of the feet. This can include muscle dysfunctions and inflexibility that might be the result of injury, or also genetically inherited. Examples include: tight calve muscles, excessive pronation of the foot, or decreased ankle flexion due to having a tight Achilles tendon.
  • Obesity or being overweight. People above a BMI of 30 are at the highest risk.
  • Starting an exercise program or physically-demanding job too quickly without giving the feet time to adjust.
  • A history of other inflammatory diseases including diabetes, arthritis and tarsal tunnel syndrome (9)
  • Lifestyle factors that promote inflammation and higher risk for injury, including eating a poor diet, smoking, having very high stress levels and getting poor sleep.

Plantar Fasciitis vs. Heel Spurs: How Are They Different?

Heel spurs are commonly mistaken for plantar fasciitis because they share many of the same symptoms. A heel spur is simply the presence of an extra protrusion on the bony surface of the heel, while plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. Both conditions change how connective tissue form and operate near the arch on the bottom of the feet. It’s also possible to have both at the same time, although this isn’t always the case, since many individuals with plantar fasciitis do not have a spur despite feeling pain. (10)

With plantar fasciitis, strain on the plantar fascia leads to irritation, swelling and then a weakness of the arch. Heel spurs can also cause inflammation and pain. Heel spurs form in response to repetitive damage and strain on the heels. Cells that specialize in forming bone migrate to the inflamed site and start depositing calcium. This deposit then forms a protrusion of soft-tissue buildup over several months known as the heel spur.

Like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are commonly caused by walking or running with poor form, over-exercising on hard surfaces, wearing poorly-fitted or badly-worn shoes and being overweight. Both can cause throbbing, redness and swelling in the feet, plus they commonly force people to become less active. Similar treatments help with both conditions, including massaging the area, resting and icing, stretching, wearing supportive shoes and eating a healthy diet.

Complications & Precautions for Plantar Fasciitis

Worried that your heel pain due to plantar fasciitis might cause long-term damage? Fortunately, most people are able to heal and overcome plantar fasciitis naturally, leading to recovery and low risk for permanent damage. About 90 percent of people with plantar fasciitis improve significantly after two months of initial treatment, especially if they include stretches and exercises.

Make sure to take time off from exercise if pain persists in order to avoid further injury. Keep track of your symptoms and prevent future problems by replacing sneakers and shoes regularly, avoiding running on uneven and hard surfaces, and staying at a healthy weight. If your symptoms last for more than 6 months, definitely visit your doctor. He or she may suggest specialized splints, medications, and/or steroids to reduce inflammation. Surgery for plantar fasciitis is very rarely needed and is only a last-resort option, so it’s a good idea to get a second opinion if this is the treatment approach recommended.

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Takeaways

  • Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions, impacting millions of people each year and accounting for more doctors visits than any other foot problem.
  • It is caused by inflammation of plantar fascia tissue in the heel, as a result of factors including over-exercising, running with poor form and wearing shoes that aren’t supportive enough.
  • Although it can be very painful and annoying, plantar fasciitis is mostly preventable and highly treatable with rest, icing, massage and targeted stretches and exercises. Symptoms usually go away with several months and only very rarely are interventions including medications and surgery needed.

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    • Eddie Caldwell on

      K-Taping well worth consideration. We have had some very successful treatments in combination with massage, stretching, ice, advice etc at the Northern Institute of Massage, Bury, UK.

  1. Kathleen King on

    I had plantar fasciitis and found that rolling a frozen water bottle under my foot as often as possible worked the best. I’d do it before and after every workout and then again throughout the day any chance I had. At first I couldn’t workout at all, so I’d do whenever I could in addition to physical therapy. I also wore arch support flip flops (Vionic) around the house, if I wasn’t wearing shoes, which also had arch supports in them. I was never barefoot. Once I was consistent with those practices, the plantar fasciitis went away. The last tip that worked for me is when sleeping, if I’m on my stomach and my foot is pointed, it becomes painful, so I have to move down so my foot hangs off of the bed so it’s at a 90 degree angle. I tried the boot, but I found that to be too annoying. It’s been two years since I had it and if my foot acts up, I use a lacrosse ball and lean on that to massage my foot before my workouts. The plantar fasciitis is gone but occasionally the arch of my foot gets tender and the lacrosse ball works it out.

    • Dana Abrams on

      My symptoms and recovery were very similar. The frozen water bottle and stretching were key. I love Vionic flip flops! I live in them all summer and all year round in the house. Barefoot is bad! I suffered for over a year but have been pain free for 3 years and counting.

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  2. Kathy on

    I had plantar fasciitis for over a year and none of the physical things I did helped.
    I went to the doctor for something else and found I was very depleted in Vitamin D and B12.
    Shortly after supplementing these 2 vitamins it went away.

  3. Shari on

    What cured my plantar fasciitis was wearing higher heels!!! I took a month break from exercising and wore only 2 inch heels!!! It took the pressure off my heels!!!

  4. Jennifer on

    The article says how there is heel pain. However I have had this in both feet (it’s actually back again) and my pain is in the bottom of my feet. Hence the name plantar fasciitis.
    I did KT taping which helped the most. As well as icing the bottom of my feet, and massage.

  5. MaryAnne on

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    • Rosalind Graham on

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  6. Carol on

    Mine was so severe, the only relief I got was through shots, PT and sleeping with my feet hanging off the end of my bed. Sounds crazy, I know, but it allows the feet to hang at a natural position without the sheets pulling down. The K-tape was crazy good. My favorite stretch at home is a 10″ piece of 1″ PVC, I sit on the edge of the chair and roll it under my feet. The massage feels great and it stretches out some of the stiffness that causes the pain. I also stand about 2 and a half to 3 feet from the wall, lean forward onto my palms for a minute, drop to my elbows until that is comfortable, then to my chest. A nice progressive stretch.

  7. Sandi on

    Interesting that you don’t mention what I find to be the #1 cause of plantar fascitis. It is trigger points in the soleus muscle which cannot be stretched in the same manner that is used to stretch the other calf muscle (the gastrocnemius). You can work the foot and heeel all day long and not resolve the problem until you get rid of the triggr points in the soleus and learn how to stretch it properly.
    I am a massage therapist and you don’t even mention seeing this group of professionals who can be very helpful in working with someone. Massage the calf; do NOT massage the foot. Once you have gotten rid of the trigger points and gotten the calf muscles in good shape you can then massage the foot…..but chances are you wont’ need to. It will have become a non-issue.

    • Nic on

      My massage therapist just found this trigger point on me! I’d been doing all the stretches and exercises for months with no relief. Now that we have this focus, and adjusted, it’s improving quickly. :-)

    • Lynette on

      I’m almost certain that this is the answer to the terrible arch cramps I get upon beginning any exercise (yoga, running, skating). My yoga teacher suggested an answer in my calves, and I did a little research that led to these trigger points. Also, I have developed plantar fasciitis at the top end of the plantar fascia near the ball of my foot, which I almost never see addressed. I will start focusing on the trigger point issue for this. Thanks!!

  8. Sherry on

    Lemongrass essential oil for plantar fasciitis works wonders as well as for strained/sprained ligaments/tendons. Use 2-3/day on heel and inner arch and sole of foot/feet.

    • Kathy on

      After spending $1000. on different shoes, orthotics, massage, graston procedure, stretching bands, chiropractor, Ice bottle, exercises, and stretching therapy……….lemon grass essential oil with vitamin e cured plantar fasciitis in 3 days.I massaged it into my heel two times a day, then applied warm towels for 15 minutes. If I feel my heel begin to feel sore, I apply the oil and it is gone the next day.

  9. Sue Flannery on

    I see Sherry said (6/9/16 at 8:07) to use Lemongrass EO. If I don’t have that, but have Deep Blue (& we have the deep blue lotion), would that help? I tried to lotion on the arch one night and could not tell any difference, but only did it once. ANY OTHER oils?

    My pain is the arch, not the heel.

    I liked what Sandi said above on the stretching the calf. I am actually doing that now too as of a few minutes ago (as I type this and stop every sentence and stretch).

    I also bought a arch support velcro thing at a foot doctors office that I slept in the last 2 nights and wearing flip flops with an arch support. I went on line 2 days ago and ordered orthotic type flip flops. I either wear flip flops or have been walking barefoot most of the time (always thought that was the best, but I now see that i am wrong). These Okabashi flip flops with arches help and are the only thing that gives me relief.

    I have not tried the k-tape YET. I did use an anti-inflamtory last night, but hate to use OTC drugs (would rather use natural stuff).

    Thanks for all the comments, they do help! I really can feel the stretch in my calf with that counter stretch! Thanks Sandi!!!!

  10. Gail on

    What worked for me: stretching the foot towards the shin is good but even better (and this sounds completely backwards!) is stretching the foot forward–even grabbing the toes and pulling them towards the ball of your foot–do this several times and hold; NOT walking barefoot (which is hardest of all because I LOVE being barefoot); and NOT massaging the tendons–massaging the calf if great, but not the foot itself–it exacerbates the issue; icing helps and last of all, having my husband massage my feet EXCEPT the plantar area. Hope this helps!

  11. Anne on

    My plantar fasciitis was so bad I had to have surgery. I exhausted all other remedies but nothing helped. My foot still hurts everyday. I don’t know what else to do!

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  13. Patrick Greer on

    I’ve never had this injury but seriously keeping this post in mind for if I ever do in the future. I love how you crowdsourced to find what others are doing.

  14. Susan on

    I had plantar fascitis for a decade. I got it from playing basketball, running, walking and working out a lot! I had it a long time before I knew what it was. I had all the medical attention, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, reiki, and a lot of other things. I did all the stretches, wore the boot, got the orthotics, wore shoes whenever awake except of showers and so much more. I did it all and more…. for a decade!
    Ran across a site while looking for information about my daughter’s shoulder pain. He was talking about things that made soooo much more sense to me. Go barefoot so your feet will strengthen themselves (0ver a period of time…no cold turkey). I kept icing with the frozen water bottles and massaging my feet several times a day for circulation. There are trigger points in your leg along your shin that release a lot of tightness.
    Once I started on that path, pain was gone! It has been years now and I still do not wear shoes with support. I walk barefoot as much as possible. Thank God I found that information. My life was put on hold for a very long time for no reason!

    • Sophia on

      Going barefooted is what worked for me….all else caused more pain. On one foot I had the heel problem on the other the arch of my foot. So painful! I found rolling my feet on the cold water bottle made me worse. Even more pain. Even wearing vionic shoes with arch supports made my feet hurt more. Finally found some slip on shoes that shaped to my feet that I could wear when I could not go barefooted. Now I am free from pain! And I love to go barefoot. I do use turmeric as a supplement. Make sure the turmeric has pepper in it to help.
      Best of all I pray and have many praying for me…my Heavenly Father is a great healer! Amen!

  15. Amy on

    Dr. Axe I can’t believe didn’t incorporate the best treatment for plantars fasciitis. Two supplements:
    1) glucosamine with MSM
    2) anything high in plant flavonoids. My favorite being tumeric of course.

    It completely eliminates the inflammation. You should rewrite your post to include it.

  16. Sneh on

    My husband had plantar fasciitis for several years . We had tried several treatments – physiotherapy but the pain would not go away. Then one time he went for a 2 week detox (naturopathy) ( in 2009-2010) and the pain completely disappeared and even now (in 2017) , it has not reappeared even once. Hope someone finds this useful.

  17. Kim on

    I acquired a severe case of PF as a new naive runner who wore bad shoes. I suffered for 3 years and tried everything… cortisone shots (I do not recommend), custom orthotics, wrapping, tapping, exercises, stretching, sleeping boots, ice, etc… all these things helped but it never completely went away… until I changed to a Paleo anti inflammatory diet. It was gone within the first month of changing my eating habits. Let food be thy medicine❤

  18. Chris on

    I suffered plantar fasciitis back in 1998 and the treatment Doc gave me was based on ultra-sounds, massage and 1 shot of cortisone over 4 weeks therapy. It worked ! My foot recovered completely. Now, after 18 years, the other foot is giving me the same problem and Docs do not prescribe same treatment I had before. I am so disappointed ! Nothing else is working now. Stretching, massage, new shoes…. nothing ! That is all Docs can say about it. So, so disappointed

  19. Christi Benham on

    Hi Dr axe can plantar fasciitis also cause swelling up by your toes and side of the foot by pinky toe and swelling. My dr says this is my problem and i am wearing mole skin around my pinky toe where the swelling is bad. Thsnk you

  20. Anne on

    I’ve had PF for over 20 years. I’m a teacher and I literally limp along every day, finding any chance I can to sit and work with students, get off my foot, take my shoe off, lean against something, sit, discuss, listen, I’m miserable! I’ve stretched, iced, heated, massaged, wrapped my feet, taped my feet with KT, orthotics, splinting at night (useless) and I’ve finally had it.

    It’s like a background noise of a constant sense of malaise having chronic pain. I thought there has to be something I can do. I started researching and it seems there are so many people with this same problem. From what I am finding, I don’t think there is a cure all and it’s a little of what works best for the individual. I’m also discovering that people are having success with a variety of methods. I’m hoping that some of these will work, like the calf massage. I hadn’t tried that consistently. Here’s hoping!! Strength in numbers. :-) If nothing else, I feel better knowing I’m not alone.

  21. Dr. Kim Marie on

    Hello Dr. Axe,
    First I want to thank you so much for being a consistently helpful source of natural remedies and information for so many.
    My intent is to be helpful, not nitpicky. Sadly, some people will “throw the baby out with the bath water” as a result of the smallest inaccuracy, depriving themselves of extremely helpful information.
    Respectfully and in the spirit of being helpful, the heel bone is called the calcaneus; the metatarsal bones are on the top of the feet and do indeed connect to the tarsal (toe) bones. However, they are not the heel bone – that is the calcaneus bone.
    Also, SOME (tho certainly not all) cases of heel spurs are caused secondary to PF due to the friction + tension of the plantar fascia over the calcaneus over time.
    It has also been my clinical experience that if the gastrocnemius muscle (calf) is too taut, it creates excessive tension on the Achilles’ tendon in turn causing PF to become inflamed… There are trigger points in the center between the two sides of gastrocnemius muscle – in the “belly” of the muscle (on or near acupoint UB57) that can be helpful in treatment of PF when stimulated manually.
    I usually cite sources, however, at this hour I don’t have them to hand and did not want to not post simply because I don’t have correct attribution info in the moment. I will gladly provide source material attribution upon request. With respect & gratitude, Dr. Kim (MSOM)

  22. Mr. M on

    When stretching out the PF / Achilles by leaning against a wall, I start to feel pain at the outside corner of the heel. Is this ok, or do I need to back off? When I finish stretching through the pain (albeit pulling back if it gets too sharp) the heel tends to feel better.
    Thank you.

  23. Deb on

    I make an herbal salve, and started using it on my feet a couple years ago to see if it would help them not be as dry…and a couple weeks later noticed that my Plantar fasciitis wasn’t bothering me for the first time in several years! I was so surprised, since I’d tried many different things that hadn’t helped but still use my salve every day because I don’t want to find out if it will come back if I stop! LOL It was getting so bad it was hard to walk sometimes…and was such a relief when I realized it had gotten better, and then totally went away! It also helped my Dad and a cousin…so I know it wasn’t a fluke. Praise God for the relief he let me find!

  24. Annie Love on

    I’ve had heel pain for a good few weeks now, I’ve done most of the exercises you recommend, and from what a friend and my gp suggested, however I’ve noticed I now have pain in my other foot. Might I add I have pain in my ankles and tingling/numbness in my big toe. I just wondered if it could be rheumatoid related as opposed to plantar TIA

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  26. Denise on

    I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in both feet approx 6 months ago, and went under the care of a podiatrist. I’ve now had 2 injections, bought an expensive and unwearable custom orthotic, spent 3 weeks in a walking boot and my feet only got worse. Needless to say, I have not been back to the podiatrist.

    I found your website and started massaging the feet 3 times a day, doing stretching exercises and taking the magnesium and pentothenic acid. I also purchased the New Balance 860v8 shoes and wear them when I am doing more walking. I definitely see improvements, but seem to have increased shooting nerve pains and spasms in the feet. Is this still part of the plantar fasciitis, or do I have something else going on as well?

  27. Ruth on

    I have been dealing with planter fasheis and I have a heal spur for a month. What else can I do to get this better. I do all that the Dr told me to do . I have a hand held messages I was using it on my foot but nothing help please help me .thank you

  28. Dana Moore on

    What kind of magnesium am I supposed to get for Plantar fasciitis?
    I’ve found magnesium citrate, oxide, etc. maybe they’re all the same but I think I need a more specific answer.

  29. Lindsay on

    My problem is under the ball of my foot(area between the 3 middle toes on the foot) feels like a large blister. Sore to walk on first thing in the morning or if I’ve been siting for a period.

  30. Geri on

    I had suffered from Plantar Fasciitis for more than 15 years. It was so painful I was literally limping for years. I tried everything from Podiatrists to Physiotherapists, massage, exercises, stretches, night splints, ultrasound… you name it and I tried it! One day I mentioned to my doctor I had lots of muscle cramps and he suggested taking Magnesium (specifically a brand in Australia called Ultra Muscleez). I started taking it and within 3 weeks I not only noticed that all my muscle cramps and spasms stopped, but the plantar fasciitis stopped 100% and never came back in over 10 years. So to say the least I love magnesium and still take it to this day and I have noticed that if I go too long without taking it, the muscle cramps will start up again, even though thankfully the plantar fasciitis never did. I also find that eating healthy and doing detoxes also helps tremendously to reduce the inflammation.

  31. Carol Willess on

    As a reflexologist, I find that the feet bring people to me. Reflexologist apply gentle technique and may assist the natural healing process.

  32. Vicki on

    Very weird… I started having foot pain a couple days ago, along the side of the instep. Low and Behold, I received Dr. Axe’s newsletter and I think I have the symptom of Plantar Fasciitis. The pain just came on suddenly one morning upon getting out of bed. I am 65 years old.

    Thank you Dr. Axe. I will try some of the stretches and the warm coconut oil/rosemary essential oil also.

  33. Danelle Dickson on

    Thanks for adding seeing a physical therapist!!! if these things don’t work an orthopedic PT is the next best bet

  34. Ruba on

    I urge everyone to consider barefoot shoes instead of cushioned shoes. Cushined shoes will relieve the pain temporarely but will not solve the problem. Barefoot shoes along with exercises for feet, glutes, and hips can fix a lot of feet problems. You can check http://www.thefootcollective.com

  35. Carol Trickett on

    I guess maybe laser isn’t a natural remedy. But after months of pain, one treatment of reflexology and laser therapy took me back to about 80% and a couple more laser treatments did the trick. Still good for over a year.

  36. Shasha on

    Gluten may hurt the thyroid. Low thyroid may make the arch fall and cause this. Amour thyroid may help and no gluten so thyroid doesn’t get worse.

  37. Teresa on

    I had a heel spur and found relief within 2 weeks by taking magnesium…too much calcium can cause bone spurs, magnesium is the gate keeper and only lets the right amount of calcium through (if you have too little magnesium, and most of us do, too much calcium gets through and it has to go somewhere so it can result in a spur forming). Magnesium theronate is what I take and I no longer have the heel spur. My brother had a bone spur on his shoulder and it worked for him too. No surgery for either of us.

  38. Kristi on

    I was doing all those things for my PF, but it only healed after I changed the way I walk. I consciously starting lifting my leg with my thigh and butt muscles. This let my foot relax. It was easier while walking around the block than in a kitchen or chasing small children where I was constantly changing directions and pushing off with my foot, but I eventually got myself to always use my thigh muscles and my PF gradually healed.

  39. Val on

    Wow! I’ve been suffering for several months with debilitating right heel pain. I read this article and started the exercises yesterday and it’s some better already. The stretching hurts terrible, but feels better after! I used a towel wrapped around a metal tube and rolled my foot on it and that helps a lot. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this and for sharing your knowkedge!

  40. Gil on

    I’ve had PF twice, in my late 30s, and my late 50s. The latter lasted months, and was in both feet!!! It was so bad that I worried I would need extreme intervention. I have found that ice water up to my ankle really helped, for about 20 mins every evening for a couple of weeks. Try it!

  41. Gil on

    I’ve had PF twice – in my 30s and late 50s. Both times were bad, but the latter time was horrible, and in both feet!!! It lasted for several months, and I was worried that I might need some extreme intervention. In both cases, however, I found that a bucket of ice water up to my ankles worked wonders, for about 20 mins in the eve for a couple of weeks. I made the mistake of forgetting about doing it with my 2nd bout, but once I finally did I’m convince it sped me along to recovery. It was much more effective than the ice-in-a-bottle thing. Try it!!! You know you want to…

  42. Jessica on

    Good article overall. Noted some mistakes: ITB syndrome does not affect the shins, it affects the hip and the knee. Also, heel bones are the not metatarsal bones. Heel bone is he calcaneus.

  43. Pat on

    I have an area of inflammation on the bottom of one of my feet that seems to be growing. It started under my middle toe and has moved to the center of the ball of my foot. I can wear soft shoes and it doesn’t bother me too much when I walk. I have been to a podiatrist who took x-rays and gave me 3 shots over a 6 week period. It is no better. It doesn’t seem to fit any of the foot issues on your website. I was wondering if there was an essential oil(s) or anything else that could draw the inflammation out of my foot some way.

    By the way, I love your website and look at it frequently.


  44. Lynda Haynes on

    Hello Dr Axe,

    I have suffered with plantar fasciitis and spurs and love anything being a natural remedy. I have been drinking hot cacao drinks (heaped teaspoon in hot water) and this seems to work like magic instead of taking magnesium in pill form. I also massage my feet daily, stretch, and I have a wonderful foot massage machine. Im happy to say my feet seem 100% better after starting on the cacao, organic of course! 😉


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