Recently I had a patient who came to me with plantar fasciitis. The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is foot pain. This obviously makes it difficult to exercise. This is a condition that affects about 10% of people during their life time. Lets take a look at this condition.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in your foot.
How common is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is common. Around 1 in 10 people will get plantar fasciitis at some time in their life. It is most common in people between the ages of 40 to 60 years. However, it can occur at any age. It is twice as common in women as it is in men. It is also common in athletes.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Pain is the main symptom. This can be anywhere on the underside of your heel. However, commonly, one spot is found as the main source of pain. This is often about 4 cm forward from your heel, and may be tender to touch.
The pain is often worst when you take your first steps on getting up in the morning, or after long periods of rest where no weight is placed on your foot. Gentle exercise may ease things a little as the day goes by, but a long walk or being on your feet for a long time often makes the pain worse. Resting your foot usually eases the pain.
Dr. Christopher’s bone flesh and cartilage formula
Dr. Christopher’s bone flesh and cartilage formula is made from the following herbs; oak bark, marshmallow, mullien, wormwood, comfrey, lobelia, skull cap, wall nut and gravel root.
I treated the patient with this formula both internally with powders and externally with the ointment. With in a few weeks the patient started to feel better, with reduced symptoms and within 3 months the condition was completely healed.