I have been a long time suffer of plantar fasciitis...mostly in my left foot. It hurts when I wake up, it hurts when I stand up after sitting for a long time...it just hurts. Well, for the past 2 months, I've been having pain rising from the arch and heel of my left foot, all the way up my calf and ankle. I wasn't sure what was going on, but it wasn't the same pain from my plantar fasciitis; it was WORSE!
My friends and family know that I am not one to go to the doctor for just anything. I have a high pain tolerance...so when I say it hurts with tears in my eyes... IT HURTS! My family doctor took x-rays just to be sure I didn't have a fracture...turns out I have bone spurs on my heel (heel spurs) and at the top of my heel bone. Here's a picture of my x-ray. See that pointy bone piece on the bottom right side of my heel? That's Mega Bone Spur #1. See the ghostly white fibers on the top left side of my heel? Those are the developments of another heel spur extending from the top of my heel to my achilles and calf muscles. See how much whiter the bone is at stretching between these two spurs? That's not suppose to be like that. This shows inflammation. JOY!
Of course, the doctor told me to stop wearing flip flops and sandals and to start wearing high arch support tennis shoes 24/7. Um! What? Okay, Doc. We get 3 months (if that) of summer in Minnesota. I cannot give up sandals year round! Not to mention I refuse to wear tennis shoes to work or with cute outfits. COME ON! She also gave me gel inserts for my shoes to pad my heel so I could walk properly without putting all my weight on the side of my foot. Then she wanted me to do a cortisone injection. NO! I refused. I have had a cortisone shot before. It hurt to the point where I screamed "F**K!" In the doctors office. Plus, I didn't get any relief. NO THANK YOU!
As soon as I got home, I found my Camp Wander Naked Salve and Birch Essential Oil from Spark Naturals. I took a nickel size scoop of my naked salve, added 2-3 drops of the Birch Essential Oil and started massaging my foot vigorously. Deep massage all over my arch, heel and bottom of my foot. I did this for a good 5 minutes and then laid on the couch with my cold corn bag around my foot for an hour. That night, I did the same protocol. 5 minutes of deep massage with the naked salve and birch essential oil and then wrapped my foot in my cold corn bag for the whole night.
Guess what? IT WORKED! I woke up yesterday with NO pain. NONE! That was the first morning I have woken up with absolutely no foot pain in at least a year.
So, I bet you are wondering why I chose birch essential oil. Birch essential oil is well known for it's ability to break down bone spurs. Check out this very informative article by Organic Facts to learn more about the amazing properties of birch essential oil.
All I can say is AVOID SURGERY if at all possible. When cutting the plantars facia, other chronic pain can arise. It's best to try massage, essential oils, icing, stretching exercises, elevating, and high arch shoes and/or insoles. AND STICK TO IT!!! That's the key to natural remedies. Ready to give this a try?
Here is what you need:
- Camp Wanders Naked Salve or Sweet Almond Carrier Oil
- Birch Essential Oil from Spark Naturals
- Ice pack, bag of frozen vegetables or a cold Corn Bag.
- Take a tablespoon of Camp Wanders Naked Salve or Sweet Almond Carrier Oil into your hand.
- Add 2-3 drops of Spark Naturals Birch Essential Oil to the salve or carrier oil.
- Apply to your foot and massage deeply (especially paying close attention to the soles, heel and arch of your foot.
- Do this for 2-5 minutes.
- Next, take another tablespoon of salve or carrier oil, add 2-3 drops of birch essential oil to the salve or carrier oil and apply to your achileous tendon area and calf muscle. Deeply massage your calf and achilles tendon area for at least 2-5 minutes.
Here is an awesome video of a licensed massage therapist demonstrating how to correctly massage your feet for relief of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis pain. These are the techniques I have used to find relief!
And that's it my friends! I know it seems like a lot of work to massage your feet for as much as 10 minutes at night, but it works! And it's a lot less time consuming then lets say...healing from surgery!
Here's to Happy Feet!