Plantar Fascitis is inflammation
of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is an overuse
injury causing heel pain which may radiate forward
into the foot. Plantar fasciitis can also be known as a heel
spur although they are not strictly the same. A heel spur
is a bony growth that occurs at the attachment of the plantar fascia
to the heel bone (calcaneus). A heel spur can occur (with repetitive
pulling of the plantar fascia) on a foot with no symptoms at all
and a painful heel can have no heel spur present.
The Plantar Fascia or arch tendon is a broad, thick band of tissue
that runs from under the heel to the front of the foot. A rupture
can sometimes occur at the origin of the arch ligament and result
in inflammation and pain.
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation (irritation
and swelling with presence of extra immune cells) of the thick tissue
on the bottom of the foot that causes heel pain and disability.
Cause of Plantar Fascitis
The cause of plantar fasciitis is unclear and may be multifactorial.
Because of the high incidence in runners, it is best postulated
to be caused by repetitive microtrauma. Possible risk factors include
obesity, occupations requiring prolonged standing, heel spurs, pes
planus (excessive pronation of the foot), and reduced dorsiflexion
of the ankle.
Sex-The condition occurs equally in both sexes in young people.
Some studies show a peak incidence may occur in women aged 40-60
Age-The condition can occur at any age. As mentioned, a peak incidence
may occur in women aged 40-60 years.
Clinical features of Plantar Fascitis
• Pain beneath heel.
• Pain extends medially into sole.
• Pain worse on standing, walking.
• Marked tenderness at site of attachment of planter fascia
• Tenderness at heel pad.
INVESTIGATION for Plantar Fascitis
• Usually no abnormality.
• Occasionally calcaneal spur is evident but its significance
in causing pain is doubtful.
GENERAL MANAGEMENT for Plantar Fascitis
• Avoid precipitating causes.
• Correct maintaining causes.
• Advise foot wears having soft rubber cushioned soles.
• Short wave diathermy helpful in relieving pain.
Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies for Pain in Feet,
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic
treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological
condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing
examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history
of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic
tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into
account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given
below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete
and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms
listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this
disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional
indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy.
To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit
our Materia Medica
section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional
Cramps in the feet. Pains in the instep, in the ankle bones, in
the soles of the feet, and in the toes, on walking. Neuralgic pains
in the soles of the feet. Contraction in the instep, with tensive
pain when stepping. Coldness of the feet. Swelling of the feet.
Pains in the varices. Tingling in the soles of the feet. Festering
vesicles and ulcerations on the heels.
Adapted to persons with dark hair and rigid fibre; weakly, psoric,
with excessively yellow, sallow complexion; subject to affections
of respiratory and urinary tracts.
Congestion in the legs and in the feet, when standing upright.
Swelling of the legs and of the feet, with hardness and shooting
pain. Stiffness of the instep. Shooting pain, like that of an ulcer,
in the heel and in the soles of the feet, on rising from the sitting
posture. Cold feet, even in the evening in bed. Feet burning. Fetid
sweat on the feet. Contraction of the toes. Swelling and distortion
of the toes.
Suited to - Excessive cautiousness; timid, hesitates; unable to
decide about anything. Fidgety while sitting at work. Sad, despondent;
music makes her weep; thinks of nothing but death.
Burning in feet, wants them uncovered and fanned. Cold feet with
chills all over. Oedema of feet followed and better by diarrhea.
Soreness in ball of foot under toes. Cold, sweating feet.
For the constitutional effects of mal-treated and suppressed Gonorrhoea.
For persons suffering from gout, rheumatism, neuralgia and diseases
of the spinal cord and its membranes- even organic lesions ending
in paralysis- which can be traced to a sycotic origin.
Painful sensation of numbness in soles of feet and in balls of
the toes. Red-hot swelling of feet, extending up to calf, with stinging
pain. Swelling of top of foot. Oedematous swelling of feet, worse
in evening. Piercing shootings and incisive pains in heels (towards
evening). Shootings in soles of feet and extremities of toes. The
complaints are worse when one allows the feet to hang down.
Adapted to persons of indecisive, slow, phlegmatic temperament;
sandy hair, blue eyes, pale face, easily moved to laughter or tears;
affectionate, mild, gentle, timid, yielding disposition- the woman's
remedy. Weeps easily: almost impossible to detail her ailments without
Shootings in feet. Coldness in feet, especially in evening, in
bed, or burning sensation, chiefly in soles of feet. Burning in
feet, wants to find a cool place for them, puts them out of bed
to cool them off. Burning in soles, on stepping after sitting a
long time, and itching, especially on walking, wants them uncovered.
Cramp in soles at every step. Soles cold and sweating. Sweat on
right foot. Swelling of feet, and especially of the ankles. Gnawing
vesicles on soles. Ulcer on instep.
Adapted to persons of a scrofulous diathesis, subject to venous
congestion; especially of portal system. Persons of nervous temperament,
quick motioned, quick tempered, plethoric, skin excessively sensitive
to atmospheric changes. For lean, stoop-shouldered persons who walk
and sit stooping like old men. Standing is the worst position for
sulphur patients; they cannot stand; every standing position is
uncomfortable. Dirty, filthy people, prone to skin affections. Aversion
to being washed; always <. after a bath.
Stiffness of joint of the foot after being seated for some time.
Wrenching pain in joints of feet and toes. Burning sensation in
feet. Inflammatory swelling of feet. Weakness and trembling of feet.
Feet sweaty and sore about toes, fetid suppressed foot-sweat with
much nervous excitement. Coldness of the feet at night. Nervous,
fidgety movement of the feet, after retiring and during sleep. Tearing
in margin of right foot. Ulcerative, boring pains in heels, worse
when walking than when sitting. Profuse sweat on the feet.
Persons suffering from cerebral and nervous exhaustion; defective
vitality; brain or nerve power wanting; too weak to develop exanthemata
or menstrual function, to expectorate, to urinate; to comprehend,
to memorize. Incessant and violent fidgety feeling in feet or lower
extremities; must move them constantly.