There’s nothing quite like the heel pain and foot pain of plantar fasciitis. Runners have a nickname for it: Runners heel. But this injury is common among more than runners and athletes. It affects your walking, driving, your sleep, and can distract you from your job. Once that heel pain kicks in all you want is relief from the discomfort and pain.
One common treatment is to take lots of anti-inflammatory medications, some of which are prescription strength. But as you know, these can take a toll on your esophagus, stomach lining, and other parts of your digestive system.
Perhaps you are looking for something a little less – well, medical? Here at Asé, we’re big fans of naturopathic and homeopathic strategies for good health. We feel nature knows best and can add another healing element to your medical care. In addition to your doctor’s care, using cannabinoids for various health and wellness applications is becoming more and more common as people experience what CBD can do for themselves – and then they tell everyone they know!
Plantar Fasciitis Pain & CBD Relief
This brings me to today’s topic: Plantar Fasciitis. If you’ve experienced it then you know that immediate relief really matters. And a multi-faceted approach often works best for healing and getting you back on your feet.
Today, we’re discussing a few of those approaches:
- Using full spectrum CBD oils (orally) to treat plantar fasciitis – how some of the qualities of internal CBD oils may help by relieving pain and soreness, among other health benefits.
- Using topical CBD Muscle Roll-On Gel as a direct-application pain management tool to treat your plantar fasciitis, delivering soothing symptomatic relief without all the risk factors of conventional medicine (though you may use conventional medicine as well).
First, What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the relatively common foot conditions that can strike nearly anyone, especially runners.
John Hopkins explains plantar fasciitis as an “inflammation of the plantar fascia, tissue in the foot used during walking and foot movement” and a variety of causes such as “type of shoes, foot structure, overuse and types of walking surfaces.”
The plantar fascia is a tough band of connective tissue that runs from your heel bone to the base of the toes. It helps support the arch of your feet, so as you can imagine, improper arch support could aggravate this condition. In addition, the swelling and irritation in this area causing pain – from a dull ache to a strong pain – can really hinder your active lifestyle.
The best treatment is not to have anything to treat. Avoiding this injury in the first place is best:
- Wear the proper foot support for the activities you participate in.
- Use stretching warm-ups before exercising.
- Roll your foot on a frozen water bottle. (Embed link for video: <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/J46e7oUENew” title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>)
But, how can you fix it once the “damage” has been done, so to speak? First, you’ll see your doctor for a detailed treatment plan which may involve a combination of medications, stretching, massage, and orthopedics.
Is Natural a Better Option for You?
Anti-inflammatory medications commonly used to treat plantar fasciitis can have their adverse side effects: “Anti-inflammatory medications, such as naproxen sodium and ibuprofen, are also commonly utilized for quick and easy relief from pain and the underlying inflammation in the feet. It’s important to note, though, these medications are not meant for prolonged use, as they have detrimental side effects, such as heartburn, digestive issues, and nausea. More severe side effects include hypertension, liver and kidney damage, as well as allergic reactions.” — HealthPrep
This means many people want to find relief in a more natural way, like with topical CBD formulas as a potential treatment by soothing the aching area and helping provide quick relief from plantar fasciitis pain. A CBD cream with topical cannabidiol oil in it can help to relieve the painful symptoms while also providing a catalyst for the massage your sore foot needs to relax and heal. Taking CBD oil, orally, can also provide lasting relief for soreness and discomfort, and can even help you get the sleep you need while you’re healing.
Help with Plantar Fasciitis – CBD Style!
Hemp-derived CBD products, whether prescription medications (to explain, some CBD is prescription) or nonprescription CBD products, specifically topical CBD products can help in a number of ways. Let’s take a look at how you can use CBD to find some relief.
What Kinds of CBD May Help Plantar Fasciitis?
At this point in time, there are no prescription-strength CBD products for the treatment of plantar fasciitis pain. Prescription-strength CBD, like Epidiolex, are approved for seizure-related conditions. But, from what we know about how CBD oils work with your body’s endocannabinoid system, easing aches and pains in a natural way, easing tissue swelling, and improving healing-conducive sleep – we can apply what we know about CBD to the relief needed to help plantar fasciitis to heal and you to feel relief during that healing time.
How long does it take to heal plantar fasciitis? It’s not a quick thing, unfortunately. It takes time for the connective tissues to repair themselves. So, you’re looking at weeks if not months before you’ll be feeling confident on that foot. HealthCentral says it could take up to a year.
Using Internal CBD Oils
First, we know that you can relieve some of the pain caused by plantar fasciitis by reducing inflammation. Thanks to some fancy footwork of CBD molecules, your endocannabinoid system (the ECS) can kick into gear to disperse those helpful cannabinoids to help reduce inflammation (we’re still not sure how they do that!), soothe your aches, and help you feel more relaxed, which also reduces pain.
A Literal Must-Have Is the CBD Muscle Gel
Secondly, we know that topical CBD products go right to the source. So while you take your full spectrum CBD oils to provide full-body support, you can also apply topical cannabidiol right to where you feel the most stiffness and pain.
CBD Muscle Gel Roll On isn’t just for muscles. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and can, therefore, provide some relief right where you need it. Topical CBD is also fast-acting and soothing to your aching skin and foot. This particular topical CBD product is also loaded with naturally soothing and relieving botanicals for a plant-based support system for your healing foot.
CBD Muscle Gel Roll On Contains These Fast-Acting Ingredients
- Cannabidiol (CBD) – Provides full-body support for your healing
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – Initiates the entourage effect and provides the highest level of CBD formula relaxation
- Other cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes for a full cannabis plant profile – Contributes to the entourage effect
- Capsicum Oleoresin – Provides analgesic properties
- Roman Chamomile Oil – Helps reduce pain
- Sweet Basil Oil – Soothes muscle aches
- Camphor Oil – Provides anti-inflammatory properties
- Cinnamon Oil – Reduces stress and stimulates circulation
- Natural oils for a refreshing and light minty scent (no perfumes or dyes!)
Safety and Side Effects
CBD is considered a generally safe option without adverse side effects (outside mild nausea or tummy issues, perhaps, if you’re new to orally taking CBD. This goes away quickly, though, after your body gets used to the product.)
Topical cannabidiol oils are relatively well-tolerated as well. Conduct a patch test on the inner side of your elbow if you are concerned about allergic reactions or skin irritation from any of the ingredients in a topical CBD oil formula.
Conducting a Patch Test
Put a dot of product on the soft skin on your inner elbow, do not rinse, and observe after 24 hours for any symptoms of redness or itching. Discontinue use if the product causes skin irritation.
CBD isn’t likely to cause irritation because of its soothing properties and anti-inflammatory tendencies, which make CBD tends calming for skin. CBD topicals also contain other botanicals, any of which you may be particularly sensitive to. With a clear patch test and the OK from your healthcare professional – you’re ready for pain and symptoms relief with CBD!
Reduce Pain Quickly
Roll the gel onto your hand and spread the creamy gel right onto your heel or roll it right onto the bottom of your foot, heel or ankle, directly to the source of the pain. If you’re wrapping your foot, apply liberally just before wrapping for lasting pain relief. You may find that CBD for plantar fasciitis is the secret weapon you’ve been missing to navigate an often prolonged recovery, and do it feeling far more comfortable and empowered on your own healing journey.
Furthermore, your pain is so limiting. Once you begin to feel relief you can once again get active in your own life. Pack one muscle gel for your bag or purse and keep one for your home – so you won’t be without that instant relief. Reapply as often as needed to alleviate pain. The gentle rolling motion can also help to massage the affected area and help relieve your foot pain.
For Foot Pain and More
CBD for plantar fasciitis is only one way you can use CBD oil for pain relief. CBD oil contains cannabinoids and other parts of the cannabis plant which deliver relief on an ongoing basis if you take them regularly, which may help as this type of injury does take time to heal. Thankfully, you also have the option for instant relief with topical CBD solutions like the CBD Muscle Gel Roll On to help get you through this difficult time.