I’m no professional runner, but this year my friend organized a fundraising marathon for children with disabilities and I ran like Forest Gump. I was surprised to see almost half a town running like crazy for children and it was extremely touching. It seems that we haven’t lost hope and this world can be a better place. However, somewhere in the middle of the race I end up with a sharp, stabbing pain on the bottom of my foot which forced me to stop running. I went immediately to see a physical therapist to see if something was broken inside. Well, there’s no tragedy, just plantar fasciitis which can be treated at home with some simple tricks. I refused taking the prescription and choose the natural way.
So, at the physical therapist advice I tried the following recovery program:
First, I pampered my aching heel with a foot bath…
Fill a foot bath with hot water, add any of the following ingredients, and soak your feet for 10 minutes.
- 2 drops peppermint oil, 4 drops of eucalyptus, 4 drops of rosemary oil
- a strong cup of peppermint tea
- 1 tablespoon of Arnica tincture
…after that I tried to heal the heel by applying an Ice Pack for 20 minutes and then to stretch the Achilles tendon…
- Stand about one meter from a wall. Place your hands on the wall, and move your right leg forward, knee bent.
- Keep your left leg straight, with your heel on the floor.
- You should feel a gentle stretch in your heel and foot arch.
- Hold for 10 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.
…and I didn’t stop here and tried to get rid of the ache by picking some pencils from the floor with my toes (marbles will work, too) and before going to sleep I rub some of the pain out…
- 3 drops clove oil and 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
- 3 drops clove oil
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 3 drops lavender oil
- 1 drop chamomile oil
- 1 drop geranium oil mixed
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
Mix all the above oils and massage the aching foot with them, put on a pair of socks and get some goodnight sleep.
The second morning I did some more toe stretching, because the pain accentuates in the morning. It seems that the feet relaxes during the night and when you get out of bed the heel pain will become sharp again.
- Wrap a thick rubber band around all the toes on one foot.
- Spread your toes and hold the stretch for five seconds.
- Repeat 10 times to relieve shoe-bound feet.