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Home Remedies for Heel Pain

Natural home remedies that can help to ease heel pain include: a)      Rest your heel. Avoid overexertion and walking in long distances, or standing for longer periods of time. When you rest your heel, you avoid putting stress and further inflammation to the affected heel, thus aiding the healing process. b)     Place ice packs on the inflamed heel. This can reduce the inflammation. Alternating warm and cold compresses works fine. c)     Elevate your legs at times in a day to aid proper circulation and prevent further swelling of the inflamed heel. Avoid positions that can disrupt good circulation like crossing your legs. d)     Use good fitting footwear. The footwear must have a good arch with a slightly raised heel. This limits the stress on your heel, and gives support and cushion to your feet. The best example should be running shoes. e)   Exercise.  It helps to do a little stretching of your calf muscles and plantar fascia. Stretching them out can aid in easing the discomfort and recovery. With exercise, there is the stimulation of the release of calcium which is good for bone and muscle development/healing that’s why exercise can help fasten recovery. When doing the stretching exercises, you have to be very cautious to avoid exacerbation of the heel pain. Also, if your heel is VERY MUCH INFLAMED, DO NOT ATTEMPT to exercise. It is best to rest the affected foot to reduce the inflammation. Remember that. You need to be patient as it would take time to completely heal. It’s best to start with limiting your activities and following the above natural home remedies for heel pain....

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Natural Remedies for Heel Pain

Natural Remedies for Heel Pain

Heel pain is caused by inflammatory processes secondary to bone spurs (grown of extra bone tissues on normal bone), poor arch support, stress fracture, inflammation of the tendons, irritation of nerves, and etc. Take note that this kind of pain is situated on the UNDERSIDE or at the BACK OF YOUR HEEL, back of the foot, worsens upon rising, and intensifies with time. The reason why it worsens in the morning is that your feet have been relaxed over night and then suddenly you move them out upon waking up. When you moved those inflamed tissues, you are adding stress and exacerbating the inflammatory process precipitating the feeling of discomfort. This kind of inflammation is medically termed as Plantar fasciitis. In this condition, your plantar fascia, the connective tissues that extend from the heel to the toes, are inflamed. They also are thickened at the same time. Among the causes mentioned above, the most common one is the poor arch support. Those with overly high-arched feet and Flat feet are prone to developing heel pain. Now let’s move on to the natural remedies. Natural treatment for heel pain is very much possible. The pain, caused by inflammation, should be the priority. To do that, anti-inflammatory agents can be the top choice, and you get them from nutritional supplements and/or herbal remedies: a)  Bromelain – one most effective natural treatment which has anti-inflammatory effects. The enzymes in bromelain are derived from FRESH pineapple fruits. Any processed and cooked pineapples are no longer considered organic as enzymes are already destroyed.  The nutritional supplements are available in tablets and capsules. b) Glucosamine sulfate – this supplement helps repair damaged tissues and reduces inflammation at the same time. c)   Calcium and magnesium – help to relax muscles and are essential for bone health. Topical creams can also be used on the affected part: a)    Boswellin creams – The most common one. These creams contain herbs that function as pain relievers and work really fast. b)   Heelspur creams – contains the devil’s claw (dried roots of an African plant) which acts as anti-inflammatory, ginger which is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, Arnica that has Helenalin which is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and menthol which has...

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Natural Remedies For Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot, also known as Tine Pedis, is a fungal infection that usually affects the skin between the toes and the sole of the foot. The skin around the toes is usually itchy, flaky and can sometimes cause burning and blistering. There may also be a strong smell from the feet, which is another indication of the fungal infection. Athletes Foot is a common condition and is highly contagious in warm, damp places such as gym changing rooms and public swimming pools. The first thing to do if you suspect Athletes Foot is to let your feet breathe as much as possible. This means keeping your feet dry, especially in between the toes. This will help to help to halt the spread of the infection. This may seem obvious but make sure to change your socks daily, and wash the socks in hot water. Wear cotton socks as these let the feet breathe. Wear flip flops in the bathroom or changing rooms – don’t go bare foot. There are a number of natural remedies, supplements and applications that you can use to treat Athletes Foot. The most well known natural remedy for Athletes Foot is Tea Tree Oil. This essential oil must be applied to the feet. The most effective way is by soaking the feet in a foot bath containing warm water and 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil. This should be done twice a day for up to two weeks. You can also apply Tea Tree Cream twice a day to the affected areas. Athletes Foot feeds off sugar, so it is important to minimise your sugar intake at this time to speed up treatment. Another important supplement is a good quality Probiotic. This will help to rebalance your levels of good bacteria and in turn stop the growth of the Athletes Foot Infection. Other natural remedies include Colloidal Silver, which is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant, which also promotes healing. Grape Fruit Seed Extract has been shown to have antifungal properties. This should be applied very sparingly directly to the affected area. Olive Leaf Extract is another supplement that can be taken safely to reduce the symptoms of Athletes...

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