A Natural Remedy for Plantar Fasciitis | THC Balm for Pain Relief
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament which connects the heel to the sole of the foot. It is typically characterized by a sharp pain in the heel, though pain can occur anywhere from the heel to the bottom of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is typically caused by repetitive strain to the plantar fascia ligament- a build up of micro injuries overtime. The injury can be cause by a number of activities such as running, walking, sports and poor foot support.
What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp stabbing pain in your heel but it may also be accompanied by general foot pain, stiffness and tenderness. Pain will be most prominent after long periods of rest, such as when you wake up in the morning, and subside as you walk on it.
What is a Cannabis Topical and How Does It Help with Plantar Fasciitis Pain?
A cannabis topical is a lotion, balm or oil infused with THC and/or CBD distillate or salve that is applied to skin for relief of pain and inflammation. Both CBD and THC based topicals are great for reducing inflammation and providing immediate pain relief – though THC based topicals are slightly more effective.
When deciding between a salve based topical and a distillate based topical, there are a few things to consider. First, it’s important to understand what each is. Salve is the left-over plant matter containing all the elements of THC, chlorophyll, CBD, cellulase and terpenes. Distillate is the product of extracting the terpenes, THC and CBD from the plant matter. Salve topicals work very quickly and can be more effective than distillate topicals. With that being said, some people report a slight rash from salve topicals due to the raw plant material (terpenes), and they typically don’t last as long as distillate topicals. Distillate topicals can last up to 12 hours whereas salve topicals may need to be reapplied as often as every 3-4 hours.
How Much Do THC and CBD Topicals Cost?
It ranges but a 2oz container of THC / CBD topical is usually around $50. At a quick glance, it looks expensive – but when you compare your options for plantar fasciitis, it’s actually quite reasonable.
What Are Alternative Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis?
Prolotherapy is a treatment for ligament or tendon injuries which involves injecting a solution to stimulate tissue repair. It is by far the best treatment for any chronic pain in ligaments or tendons but it is considerably expensive. Treatments cost as much as $600 and can take up to 4 treatments over a period of 30 weeks. If you are considering this option, the team over at Central Park Naturopathic in Vancouver are great!
Orthotics are another option. They are custom-made medical appliances which fit into a person’s shoe to correct the distribution of weight and pressure on their foot, and can be effective when used in conjunction with physical therapy exercises and supportive shoes. Though again, price and time should be considered as orthotics cost $350-500 and typically take 6-8 weeks to work. If you are considering this option, the team at King Liberty Health Centre in Toronto do great work!
Cannabis Topicals – A Low Cost, Natural Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
When considering how to treat your plantar fasciitis, cannabis topicals are a great option. Not only do they start working within minutes, you only need 1-2ml per day – so a jar will last the average person up to 4 months. Relatively speaking, cannabis infused pain relief balms are inexpensive when compared to other treatments.
If you are looking to incorporate a cannabis topical in your treatment of plantar fasciitis, we like Fire Essentials THC Pain Relief Balm. Made with 100% natural ingredients such as THC distillate, shea butter, lavender oil and olive oil – it is a powerful blend of high quality ingredients. Paired with a new pair of shoes with good arch support, resting your feet and a stretching routine – you should be back to yourself in no time!
If you would like to learn more or have a question about incorporating cannabis topicals into your treatment plan, shoot us an email at: [email protected]