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Treating Plantar Fasciitis Naturally

By Lucy Rose Clinic

June 15, 2022

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that is quite common in thyroid patients. This article will cover:

  • What is Plantar Fasciitis?
  • How is plantar fasciitis related to hypothyroidism?
  • How To Ease Plantar Fasciitis Pain
  • Thyroid Quiz
  • Supplements for Plantar Fasciitis
  • Diet and Lifestyle for Healing Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a layer of tissue connecting the base of your toes to your heel bone and if this becomes irritated, it can cause a shooting pain in the bottom of your heel. When this area is inflamed, it can lead to chronic pain in the heel.

Is it common? Yes – 1 in 10 people will experience it.

It generally starts quite slowly with pain around the bottom of the foot and heel, with the worse pain actually being when you first step your foot down in the morning. It usually eases after walking a few steps but may come back worse again at the end of the day.

Long periods of walking, standing, or strenuous exercise may also cause acute pain in this area.

Plantar Fasciitis and Hypothyroidism

When our thyroid hormone levels are low, circulation and energy production is compromised – they slow down. The body naturally conserves the most energy for vital organs, so pulls resources to the trunk of the body.

This is why the early signs of a thyroid problem are;

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair on the outer 3rd of the eyebrow
  • Thinning hair at the temples
  • Fluid retention
  • Puffy hands and feet
  • Tenonitis
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Regardless if you are on medication, regardless if you have had your thyroid tested, if you have these signs and symptoms, you will have a thyroid problem. Standard thyroid testing does not explore the minute detail of thyroid hormone function that results in these symptoms.

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Poor microcirculation occurs with hypothyroidism, and the part that is furthest away from your body – your feet – will suffer from edema. This is fluid accumulation in the tissues, and when it builds up around the delicate nerves of the plantar fascia can trigger plantar fasciitis.

Tendons also house many thyroid hormone receptors. As I mentioned earlier, when our thyroid hormone levels are low, circulation and energy production slows down. The body conserves the most energy for vital organs, so pulls resources to the trunk of the body. The tendons of the feet are not as important as the beating of your heart, or the digesting of your meal, so when thyroid hormone is low, the feet miss out on optimal supplies of thyroid hormones.

This is why many thyroid patients suffer other tendon issues such as frozen shoulder and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

How To Ease Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Healing this is not a quick event – it takes on average 1 year!

If you have a thyroid condition, the first step is ensuring you are being properly medicated.

Standard testing focuses on TSH and T4. This tells the practitioner if the thyroid medication dose is right for your body.

What it doesn’t tell you is if your medication is converting to it’s active form.

And from there, do you know if your body is even utelising the hormone properly? Or is it pooling in your body doing nothing like a winning scratch-it ticket that has been thrown away?

One way you can get a good idea if your thyroid hormone is actually being used by your body is with this symptoms quiz. If you score more than 8, your body is not using your thyroid hormones properly.

Rate your symptoms below from a scale of: 0 to 3 ( 0= None, 1= Mild, 2= Moderate, 3= Severe )

  • Tiredness & Sluggishness, lethargic
  • 󠄀 Dryer Hair or Skin (Thick, dry, scaly)
  • Sleep More Than Usual
  • Weaker Muscles
  • 󠄀 Constant Feeling of cold (fingers/hands/ feet)
  • Frequent Muscle Cramps
  • Poorer Memory
  • More Depressed (mood Change easily)
  • Slower Thinking
  • Puffier Eyes
  • 󠄀Difficulty with Math
  • 󠄀Hoarser or Deeper Voice
  • Constipation
  • Coarse Hair / Hair loss / brittle
  • 󠄀Muscle / Joint Pain
  • Low Sex Drive / Impotence
  • Puffy Hands and Feet
  • Unsteady Gait (bump into things)
  • 󠄀Gain Weight Easy
  • Outer Third Of Eyebrows Thin
  • Menses More Irregular ( should be 28 Days)
  • Heavier Menses (clotting / 3+ days)
  • 󠄀Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

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Some of our patients report that our thyroid program improved – or even resolved – their Plantar Fasciitis symptoms.

Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

Typically people will use drugs that are wonderful for pain management – but very bad for your gut and liver when used ongoingly. And considering it takes a year to heel (see what I did there) you want to be very considerate of how you manage the pain.

Working with a Functional Medicine health practitioner, such as any of the practitioners at The Lucy Rose Clinic, gives you access to some powerful supplements that ease the pain without damaging your body further. However – even natural medicine can be misused, so follow the guidance of a trained and registered practitioner who can ensure treatment are suitable for you, your current health situation, and any other medications you are on.

Supplements for Plantar Fasciitis

Always consult with your doctor before adding new supplements or foods.

Some supplements your naturopath may recommend include;

  • Vitamin C helps collagen formation and assists good tissue healing.
  • Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice and comes in supplements, powders, and tinctures, and can even be used topically in a paste.
  • Boswellia Orally, Boswellia is used for neurological trauma, joint pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), bursitis, and tendinopathy as well as other pain conditions.
  • Bromelain is used for acute swelling and pain. It is not used as a stand-alone for plantar fasciitis, rather it is combined with other herbs to create an effective product.
  • Magnesium helps to reduce inflammation and calm aches and pains. It is a relaxer, so very helpful for plantar fasciitis sufferers. Opt for both a quality supplement as well as daily topical applications. This can be with Magnesium oil, or a foot soak with 3 tablespoons of Epsom salts in the warm water.
  • Glucosamine is found naturally in the human body and it is used by the body to produce cartilage and connective tissue

  • Collagen. Your plantar fascia is 70% collagen, and while we do make it, how much we make diminishes with age. A good quality grass-fed collagen protein powder is a nice addition to your healthy diet.
  • PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide)is a natural pain reliever, natural anti-inflammatory, which may involve endocannabinoid-mediated mechanisms of action.

Healing Plantar Fasciitis with Proper Diet and Lifestyle

  • Increase anti-inflammatory foods in your diet – eg wild-caught oily fish, walnuts, organic berries, quality dark chocolate, garlic, leafy greens, olive oil, green tea, and quality protein.
  • Decrease foods that promote poor circulation and irritate tendons – eg sugar, processed foods, alcohol, excess caffeine, soft drinks, gluten, and dairy.
  • Rest your feet often to help reduce irritation and inflammation.
  • Ice your feet to help reduce inflammation.
  • Get over-the-counter or custom orthotic shoe inserts and/or heel cups to support your arch or heel.
  • When exercising, choose lower impact exercise such as swimming or cycling.
  • Night splints when sleeping may help to lengthen the plantar fascia.
  • Incorporate regular plantar fascia foot stretches. In particular, stretching your calf muscles is very important. To perform a calf stretch, you stand against a wall, palms to the wall, and alternate lowering each heel to the floor.
  • If you are overweight, that can inhibit healing, plus increases the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis. However – if you have a thyroid problem, you probably can’t lose weight no matter what you try. This is where we can help! We specialise in demystifying the metabolic puzzle of a stalled metabolism to help you start to lose weight without harsh diets or exercise.

With some time and self-care, you will start to heal and feel better. To access natural medicine that’s safer on the gut, whilst also improving your thyroid hormone function, book an appointment with The Lucy Rose Clinic.

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