Q. Dear Terry, “I have a friend suffering from plantar fasciitis and it is painful at times. What natural methods are there to help alleviate symptoms?” – Craig G., Santa Rosa, CA
A. Dear Craig, Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, a very thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes overstretched or overused, causing it to become inflamed. When inflamed, it can be painful and makes walking and running more difficult.
I think the best way to deal with this is nutritionally and mechanically. It’s important to reduce inflammation and mildly stretch out the connective tissue in the foot. I find that the easiest way to do this is to take a plastic water bottle and fill it 75% full, then freeze it. When your friend is sitting down, they can remove their shoes and socks and roll the frozen water bottle on the bottom of their foot. This will ice the bottom of the foot, and loosen up the ligaments and tendons a bit. Another alternative is to put a golf ball in the freezer so it gets very cold, and use the bottom of the foot to roll the ball around.
As for nutritional interventions, the goal is to reduce pain and inflammation in these irritated tissues. To alleviate the pain, I recommend these four ingredients: curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help your friend become more comfortable as quickly as possible. I would take these four ingredients three times daily.
I believe a combination of nutrients is best for further assisting in the repair process. I prefer active forms of vitamins B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate) and B12 (methylcobalamin), along with magnesium, manganese, bromelain, zinc, vitamin C, niacinamide, and boswellia. One of the most crucial ingredients is manganese. There should be at least 36 mg of manganese to have an impact, so make sure the dosing of this critical mineral is adequate. I recommend taking these ingredients twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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