Heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis has a huge impact on our daily activities such as walking, standing and running that those experiencing it tend to spend a lot of money on treatments.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most known heel pain condition which causes severe pain in the foot and heel. Anyone can experience such pain, but elderly, overweight and athletes are more likely to develop such condition.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition is marked by the inflammation in the band of the tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. Basically, this band is plantar fascia.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
Obviously the main symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. However, it is felt as a stabbing pain in the heel during the first steps in the morning which will become less intense after those first steps, but it can gradually increase after a long period of sitting.
Medical treatments for plantar fasciitis
However, there are several home remedies that can ease the pain without being necessary to see a doctor
On the other hand, you can apply local treatments such as topical ointments to ease the pain. As the pain increases when you take the first steps in the morning that’s the ideal time to apply the topical ointment.
Of course, there are a lot of over-the-counter topical ointments you can use for plantar fasciitis, but you can save your money to treat other pains and prepare your own topical ointment at home. Not to mention that walking to the pharmacy is kind of bumpy when suffering from heel pain.
Natural Pain Relief Topical Ointment
- 1 cup carrier oil (olive or coconut or even a combination of the two)
- ¼ cup beeswax pastilles
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder
- 1 tablespoon ginger root powder
- 1 tablespoon turmeric root powder
- 1 tablespoon arnica flowers
How to prepare:
- Using one of the oil infusion methods of your choice (like one of these), infuse cayenne, ginger, arnica, and turmeric in your carrier oil. My favorite method when we don’t have a lot of sunlight outside, is in a Mason jar in the oven over night.
- Once your oil is infused, using a cheesecloth, strain the herbs from the oil. Be sure to squeeze out every last bit of oil from the cheesecloth! You do not have to make a salve with this oil, if you do not want to. Keep this as a massage oil if you do not have the beeswax on hand. It even works well as a spot treatment, when you put this oil into a roll-on bottle.
- In a double boiler, combine beeswax and herbal infused oil. Remove from heat once the beeswax is melted, if you choose to add essential oils to this salve, this would be when you would add them to salve.
- Pour salve into jars or tins to cool and harden. Once totally cool, cover and store in a cool dark place when not in use.
How to use:
Take a small amount with your fingers and apply it over the affected area and massage gently until the ointment gets into the skin. You will feel warmth in your foot and the pain will gradually start to fade away.