Traditional treatments for foot problems like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and tendonitis include stretches, heel cups, orthotic’s and anti-inflammatory medications. Each offers effective symptomatic treatment that can be further supplemented by intake of certain vitamins and minerals to help improve recovery. Recently these vitamins and minerals have become well known in medical circles for their effects on improving recovery from conditions such as plantar fasciitis and for offering effective and less invasive treatment options for sufferers. Listed below are some that have beneficial qualities.
Magnesium and Calcium
Conditions like heel spurs are caused by abnormal calcium deposits within the feet. The amalgamation of calcium in-between ligaments and in the heel bone leads to chronic inflammation, irritation and unnatural wear in connecting tissues and surrounding areas. This then manifests itself as conditions such as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. These calcium deposits can be minimized with the appropriate intake of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Most people realize calcium is required for bone growth and is essential in keeps bones healthy. It is also responsible for regulating the bone growth and can be beneficial in reducing the risk of unnatural calcium deposits.
Along with calcium, the right level of magnesium should also be ingested. Magnesium helps prevent the calcium from being absorbed in the body leaving it to be available for bone growth instead. By not having enough magnesium in the diet, even if you have the right amount of calcium, you may still have a deficient amount (as not enough is available for healthy bone growth) so the right level of both is highly recommended.
Calcium can be found in most dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. It can also be found in green leafy vegetables and soy beans and nuts. Magnesium can be found in most wholegrain, as well as different types of bean (lentils, kidney beans, split peas) and brown rice.
Vitamin C is thought to help accelerate the natural healing process of the body and have additional anti inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that people who have high levels of vitamin C are likely to have less C-reactive proteins. These C-reactive proteins are normal present in people suffering from various illnesses such as carcinomas, and are normally the result of the body’s reaction to inflammation. Reducing these C-reactive proteins may have a beneficial effect on reducing inflammation which could in turn be effective against conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli.
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