5 Gimmicky Plantar Fasciitis Treatments to Avoid
Posted on Jan 08, 2018

Plantar fasciitis treatments are not made equally! There’s no definitive treatment for plantar fasciitis, which leaves room for some wacky remedies. Below we’ve shared a few treatments you should avoid if you want serious results.

Using Your Toes to Pick Up Marbles

Strengthening your feet can be the quickest way to reduce and prevent plantar fasciitis pain, but it isn't a cure. A popular strengthening exercise among the plantar fasciitis community involves a very popular children's toy—marbles. To begin the exercise, you’ll scatter some marbles on the floor and place a glass nearby. Sit in a chair and pick up the marbles with your toes, then drop them into the glass. The exercise is excellent for strengthening the muscles of the feet, but won’t be the key to curing plantar fasciitis.

Mustard Oil Massage

Massages are typically an essential practice for anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis. A massage can be great for relieving temporary pain. However, some claim using warm mustard oil during the process can produce healing results. Some people claim using mustard oil to massage the feet will relax the muscles, increase blood flow and ultimately treat plantar fasciitis pain. While there are several anti-inflammatory benefits to using mustard oil, it won’t provide total relief.

Topical Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the most popular health products on the market, and for a good reason! The superfood comes with some benefits, including several antioxidant and antibacterial properties. You can consume aloe vera or massage it into the skin. The plant contains mucopolysaccharides, which are packed with anti-inflammatory properties. There’s plenty of benefits to using aloe vera on your skin, but it won’t cure your plantar fasciitis.

Soaking Feet in Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat some ailments, including plantar fasciitis, but it’s far from a cure. The solution is rich in nutrients and minerals, including magnesium. The vitamin can be absorbed through the skin, and directly target the plantar fasciitis. Apple cider vinegar can be great for relieving pain, but won’t completely cure plantar fasciitis.

Putting Cabbage on Your Feet

We're serious—some people recommend cabbage as a topical treatment to reduce plantar fasciitis pain. Believers recommend you soften a few cabbage leaves over a low flame, secure them in place on your feet with a bandage, and let them sit overnight. Cabbage contains, anthocyanin, a pigment that may be effective at reducing joint pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, the pigment alone can’t produce serious healing results.

Serious Results: The Healing Sole

Sliding your feet into The Healing Sole first thing in the morning encourages healing and recovery. With your first step, The Healing Sole gently stretches the plantar fascia. As your foot pushes off, the rocker bottom sole sways to reduce tension. When your foot meets the ground again, the compressible heel and raised arch absorb the weight of the body. Soft neoprene straps help to hold your foot in place as you move. We equipped the latest version of The Healing Sole with a durable outsole. Now our flip-flops last even longer and can support extended outdoor wear!