Thank you for this thread of conversation. I have recently injured my heel running and believe it to be plantar fascia. Instead of wasting my time with a doctor, I am going to see an acupunturist - and hopefully be cured so I can keep running.
I don't know anything about this one particularly but to answer the question about food being tied to the foot :-)
When my son has a cough I put a home-made eucalyptus rub on his feet which makes his cough stop. If he has a fever, I put a garlic oil on his feet and his fever goes away... the list goes on.
On the flip side, my Hubby had Gout in his feet, to the point of crippling pain. As soon as he gave up meat, limited his dairy, and drank Spinach filled smoothies every morning his Gout is gone and hasn't come back.
I've learned the last couple years that EVERYTHING we eat affects every part of our body, even feet :-) And feet can absorb things that help or hurt our bodies as well. Very interesting stuff.
Oh wow.... I could believe when I was reading down the list of topics and I saw this posted. I have Plantar Faciitis too, among other things and it's in both my feet. My feet hurt everyday, all day. Always stabbing pain in my heels. I generally can't be on my feet for more than a hour without intense pain. I'm sorry to see others here have this problem but on the other hand I happy that this was posted because it's nice to share and learn from others who understand what your going through.
I had bought Traumeel Gel and Tablets to help with my pain. I prefer to use natural things to help with my pain, and the Traumeel definitely helps. I do have to take Motrin sometimes when I'm out all day and will be on my feet a lot. I hate taking Motrin but I still need from time to time to get through long days on my feet.
I've suffered from this for about three years now! My doctor wanted to do those fancy custom insoles (that often don't work and cost about 3K that insurance won't cover). I opted to do the stretches he gave me and try to treat it naturally. The biggest thing that helps me is keeping a frozen bottle of water in the freezer and rolling it back and forth with the bad foot for a while. It's easy to do, sitting down while on the computer, watching tv, even eating! I have a lot of burning in that foot when it acts up so the ice really does help.
I'm a runner and a dancer and a couple of years ago I got this! At the time i was living in the dorms at school and to even eat a meal I had to walk to another building. I got the funniest looks because I couldn't walk! I looked hilarious. Anyway, extremely painful. I was told that my tendons were inflamed/tearing from overuse and because of that overuse my running shoes were too worn out: I had gotten into a habit of running twice a day while training for a marathon, on top of my dancing, walking to classes and just straight-up working out. I don't have any issues anymore, though. I bought these special socks that I slept in for a while that force your feet to lay a certain way while you sleep and ultimately let you heal. I also bought this roller thing at the running store to roll my feet on to help with the inflamation (it's the same idea as the frozen water bottle that's already been discussed). Anyway, eventually my feet got better and I learned my lesson. Moral of the story? Treat your feet amazingly well: they support your entire body!
I had plantar faciitis a few years ago, for me it was caused by wearing orthodic insoles and then switching to flip flops and standing all day outside. Then one dya I was playing basketball and I felt a terrible tear in the sole of my feet. It was so painful. I had an amazing Osteopath that had helped me with my knee pain and he spent a lot of time with my feet. He massaged and stretched everything. Flexibility is extremely important, especially in your toes and feet. Also get a tennis ball and rub your feet all over it on the ground. Icing is good and it is important to keep your feet flexible and strong. I only went to a few sessions of physical therapy and I was in pain for months but because I built strength and flexibility, I have been able to keep it managed for years now with no major flare ups. This is especially important if you are using supportive or restrictive footwear, because it will cure it but then put yourself in a position for it to come back even worse. I have been amazed that giving up meat and dairy has finally helped ease my constant knee pain (the osteopath helped but now its like gone). So it could help some people with any pain probably, especially since it involves tension and tightness (so maybe prevent future problems)but i think with this it would need to be combined with other treatments