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Alternative Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

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author image Julie Hampton
Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.
Alternative Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
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Overview

Plantar fasciitis is the irritation of the thick band of tissue, or fascia, running from the foot’s heel to the toes. Causes of the condition include bad foot structure, wearing non-supportive footwear and obesity. Pain and a burning sensation are the symptoms associated with the condition. Heel spurs may be present with plantar fasciitis, but rarely cause pain, according to Foot Health Facts, the consumer division of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Ginger

Alternative Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
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Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis should consume ginger on a regular basis, according to MotherNature.com. The natural health website suggests patients take ½ to 1 teaspoon of minced ginger daily. Suggested uses include sprinkling the ginger over salads and other foods, as well as consuming with water and swallowing the ginger. The University of Maryland Medical Center points out medical professionals commonly recommend ginger to reduce inflammation; however, patients with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinning medications should not take ginger.

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Capsaicin Cream

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Capsaicin is the active ingredient in hot peppers. A variety of over-the-counter creams includes this ingredient because it relieves pain associated with plantar fasciitis as well as other foot ailments, including arthritis, according to MotherNature.com. After rubbing the lotion onto the bottom of the foot, the patient may sense a slight burning sensation. Patients may apply the cream whenever pain is present. Washing hands after each application is required to avoid contaminating the eyes and other mucous membranes, as severe burning may occur.

Epsom Salt Soak

Alternative Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
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Soaking feet in Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, drains swollen tissue and relieves pain associated with plantar fasciitis. MotherNature.com recommends mixing 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts in 1 quart of water and soaking the feet for about 12 minutes for the full benefits. Benefits of soaking the feet in magnesium sulfate include muscle relaxation and reduced inflammation.

Botox

Alternative Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
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Botox, or botulinum toxin, injections may relieve pressure on the heel, according to Penn State University. The protein in the injection temporarily paralyzes nerves and muscle tissue in the heel, resulting in pain reduction. The university notes that more research is needed for conclusive evidence to support botox as a treatment for plantar fasciitis.

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