The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. It lies just below the skin layers as it passes over the arch of the foot. A common ailment called plantar fasciitis is the result of this ligament becomes inflamed. This can happen from injury, physical stress, or sometimes for no obvious reason. The most common point for this inflammation is where this ligament joints the heel bone. Typical symptoms are the pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel usually most intense in the mornings when arising or after a long period with little movement. The pain typically diminishes with movement.
Many suffering from plantar fasciitis have heel spurs. Even though they are in the same area they are unrelated and the heel spurs do not cause the plantar fasciitis. Most times heel spurs will not cause pain and in many go undetected unless they have an x-ray for some other reason. See more on bone spurs on a separate page.
Topical application of either:
• Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Wintergreen
• Soothing Blend with Lemongrass
• Peppermint with Helichrysum
Apply to the area on the bottom of the foot as well as the calf of the leg just before retiring and first thing when arising in the morning (more often if severe). It is also suggested:
• when retiring drive in the oils with a warm compress or some suggest wrapping in a paper towel, saran wrap, and cover with a sock.
• when arising take time while sitting to bend the toes forward and backwards or other techniques to loosen the muscles, etc. after applying the oils.