Orthotics and Supplements: A Holistic Approach to Foot Pain Management
Posted on Dec 13, 2023

Most people in the world suffer from foot pain at some point in their life. Many methods of treating various types of foot pain exist including at-home treatments as well as more advanced methods of physical therapy and surgeries that can come out being quite expensive.

Natural Healing Through Orthotic Support

For years foot doctors have argued that the shoes we wear are the cause of many foot problems that people experience. While no consensus has been made on that front, evidence has shown that wearing supportive footwear can help alleviate foot pain by correcting any altered biomechanical functions of the foot.

Orthotics can be prescribed by a physician and be either customizable, read-to-wear, or custom-made. There are also over-the-counter options available. Orthotics can be shoes, shoe inserts, braces, calipers, and more.

Foot orthotics potentially give the wearer’s foot the ability to offload stress and allow the foot to heal itself naturally. Usually, they are designed to correct an angulation or offload an area of high pressure.

Dr. Warner’s Solution To Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Meredith Warner is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex foot and ankle reconstruction. At her practice, she sees a lot of patients with plantar fasciitis. It is estimated that at least 10% of the American population suffers from plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.

Dr. Warner created The Healing Sole to offer these patients a flip flop option with their plantar fasciitis diagnosis because in general the average pair of flip flops are not recommended as they are unsupportive and may make the pain worse over time. Dr. Warner turned the ‘problem’ into a useful solution.

The Healing Sole started out as a super supportive flip flop with many features utilized to remedy foot pain incorporated into the design. Over the years people fell in love with the patented pain-relieving footbed design and asked for sandals and closed-toe options.

Pain Management Through Supplementation

For many, the solution to their foot pain is prescription or over-the-counter traditional pain medications like NSAIDs or maybe even opioids. However, these medications can have severe side effects. For example, long-term use of NSAIDs can result in stomach ulcers and in some cases lead to problems with the liver, kidneys, and heart.

Opioids on the other hand can be very dangerous. They often lead to addiction and dependence. Many people build up a tolerance for this classification of drugs leading to higher doses. In recent years, it has come to light that opioids have been overprescribed and should be considered a short-term medication rather than a long-term medication for most.

Dr. Warner is a huge proponent of natural medicine and supplementation when possible. Which is why she created her own line of curated supplements for pain management and overall wellness. Her favorite natural pain management supplements are Tart Cherry Extract, Joint Health Multi, PEA, Omega-3, and CBD. This line complements The Healing Sole which was invented to allow patients the power to manage foot pain on their own terms.

Many natural supplements work along the same pain pathways as prescription medicines and are less harmful and have far fewer side effects.

Tart Cherry Extract

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, the inventor of The Healing Sole, developed these tart cherry supplements for those looking for natural pain relief caused by inflammation and recovery for overused muscles and joints.

Joint Health Multi

The Joint Health Multi is designed to relieve sore joints while reducing inflammation over time with natural ingredients. Highly absorbable & unique formulation with clinically studied ingredients to improve joint health, decrease joint discomfort, reduce pain, elevate brain health, and boost energy levels.

PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide)

PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) is a compound naturally produced by your body in response to pain and inflammation. When taken as a supplement, PEA works with the body to calm discomfort, and support your body’s nervous, immune, and muscular systems.

Omega-3 Softgels

Omega-3 fatty acids are building blocks for cell membranes & needed to help you age optimally. Once Omega-3s become a large enough part of the human cell membranes, it can lead the inflammatory pathway to a more healthy and anti-inflammatory product group.