Essential Oils for the Heels

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes chronic heel pain.  Many of the treatments that are out there have side effects a person might want to avoid- steroids, prescription drugs, surgery… the options aren’t always the greatest.  So, many people look for alternative treatments to deal with it.  Essential oils is a popular choice we are seeing these days.  Some of the essential oils that can be used to treat this condition are:

  • Frankincense
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Grapeseed oil

Usually, the sufferer will apply the oil directly onto the inflamed tissue and massage the oils into the affected area.  They may also ingest the essential oils, as well.

People suffering from plantar fasciitis are often frustrated with this condition, hence the search for alternative methods for dealing with pain.  Your podiatrist should definitely assess the condition and advise what he or she thinks is the best route to go.  As far as essential oils go, some people swear by them, but there isn’t really any actual research to back up claims that essential oils can be used to effectively treat the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Due to this condition caused by wear and strain to the fascia, small tears and inflammation develop over time, due to improper support of the arch (fascia)- which is what leads to the heel pain.  Since this is the situation, the best way to treat it is to strengthen, cushion and support the base of the ligament.  So, if you’re suffering, you may want to try a combination of a visit to the podiatrist, the use of essential oils, and a change in footwear!  Also, the use of inserts can really reduce pain.  Using orthotic supports that the doctor sets you up with can make a big difference.

So, don’t let that heel pain get the best of you.  Call Dr. Scott McKinney and his team of board certified doctors to have a look at it. He has 8 different convenient locations in the Houston area to visit.  Any foot or ankle issue you are experiencing, he and his team can help!