CBD For Plantar Fasciitis

CBD For Plantar Fasciitis

CBD for Plantar Fasciitis

CBD is among the hottest health and wellness products on the market today.

But can it help those dealing with one of the most stubborn foot conditions of all, plantar fasciitis?

At this point, there are no scientific studies connecting CBD with Plantar Fasciitis. We are seeing more athletes choose to experiment with creams and oils that contain cannabinoid properties, but independent scientific research has not yet caught up with these over-the-counter products.

What is CBD?

Before getting into how CBD may help with plantar fasciitis, let’s revisit the basics and cover what CBD is.

CBD is the most important active ingredient we know of in the hemp plant (and is also found in the cannabis plant, for that matter). Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the few natural compounds that can directly activate your body’s endocannabinoid system.

While vitamin D is used by the body for hormones and your immune system and vitamin E serves as an antioxidant in your body, CBD integrates with your body's endocannabinoid system [1]

 

There are three major types of CBD:

 

  • Full-spectrum CBD (CBD + THC + terpenes)

  • Broad-spectrum CBD (CBD + terpenes)

  • CBD isolate (just CBD)

Full-spectrum CBD 

Full-spectrum CBD is arguably the most effective type of CBD out there. It combines CBD, THC, terpenes, and more. Just how diverse is full-spectrum CBD? We’ll put it this way: the hemp plant contains hundreds of active ingredients. And while some of these ingredients are only present in trace amounts, many customers want to experience the full spectrum of hemp in case these other ingredients enhance CBD’s effects.  

Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is like full-spectrum CBD in almost every way, with one exception: it doesn’t contain THC. Broad spectrum’s other cannabinoids and terpenes ensure it still activates the entourage effect, but its lack of THC makes it a better choice for those with drug-testing concerns.

CBD isolate 

CBD isolate is the purest, most processed type of CBD out there. It doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavones — just cannabidiol! Premium CBD isolate will be at least 99.9% CBD by dry weight.  

CBD: one molecule, many products

In addition to the three types of CBD above, there are also several different types of CBD products:

  • CBD oils

  • CBD topicals

  • CBD capsules

  • CBD tinctures

  • CBD vaporizers

  • CBD pain patches

  • CBD transdermals

  • CBD skincare products 

 

Taking CBD oil — or using CBD topical products — is a common response to those seeking relief from discomfort. One can take CBD oil orally daily, find their ideal dose, and pair that with a CBD topical. 

Hemp-derived CBD oil presents a new way to regulate the endocannabinoid pathways of the human body.

Can CBD help with pain management?

According to a 2016 study titled “Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviors in a rat model of arthritis,” topical CBD is suggested as having potential as a form of pain management. [2] While thousands of people have started using CBD, we are still waiting on studies that definitely show CBD’s effectiveness in pain management.

Can CBD help plantar fasciitis symptoms?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that’s marked by dull, achy pain in the bottom of the foot, near the heel bone. Treating plantar fasciitis is notoriously tricky. If left untreated, through, plantar fasciitis pain can become debilitating. 

image of ligament in foot that causes plantar fasciitis pain

What can cause a flare-up of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis has a variety of potential causes. It’s thought to be driven by the wear and tear of normal daily activities. Muscle imbalances may also contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis over time. If you’re normally not very active and then attempt a ten-mile hike, your body will in for a rude awakening. This rude awakening may very well feature some Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. 

Diet matters, too — for several reasons. In addition to either contributing to one’s inflammatory load, an unhealthy diet can cause more physical stress to your joints if it leads to weight gain. 

How to choose CBD Oil

Not all CBD products are created equal. There are three major metrics you should judge any given CBD product against before you buy. 

Brand reputation

A brand’s reputation says almost everything you need to know about its products. If a brand you’re dealing with is trusted by (and transparent with!) its customers, you’re off to a good start. 

Certifications

Certifications also speak volumes. The CBD industry isn’t yet closely regulated by the FDA, so CBD products can’t be certified organic. That’s alright — look for other certifications instead. CBD products that were manufactured in a cGMP facility are likely to be high-quality. If a brand is based in the US, it can also be certified by the US Hemp Authority. 

Customer reviews

Last but not least, any premium CBD product will have equally premium reviews. Brands can (and do) make wild claims about their products, but nothing is more concrete than real reviews from real customers. If customers are raving, you’re probably looking at a truly high-quality product. 

How to use CBD 

Using CBD is simple. Ensure that you dial in your dosing and pick the right type of CBD product and you should be good to go. 

Dosage

Both scientific studies and real-world experiences imply that high doses of CBD (50+ milligrams/day) are ideal for combatting plantar fasciitis pain. Just be sure to build up to high doses over time, as you may not end up needing one quite that high.  

Can I put CBD oil on my feet?

You sure can! The best routine for plantar fasciitis is likely a multifaceted one. Keep in mind, though, that using CBD oil as a topical can be pretty messy. Consider opting for a specialized topical product instead. Such products are usually blended with beeswax or shea butter until they’re a perfect consistency. 

CBD side effects

CBD is remarkably free from side effects. Taking ‘too much’ CBD may lead to nausea or dry mouth, but that’s about as bad as it gets. 

Still, be sure to talk with your doctor prior to trying CBD products. CBD can affect liver enzyme function enough to alter the behaviour of some over-the-counter medications, (particularly high blood pressure medications).

Other treatments for plantar fasciitis

An active lifestyle also tends to benefit those with plantar fasciitis — especially after they’ve got their pain levels under control. Stretching one’s calves, hips, and Achilles tendons can keep the entire kinetic chain supple and pain-free. Acupuncture and massage therapy may also help when it comes to improving mobility and relieving pain. 

FAQs

Does CBD help with plantar fasciitis?

While it’s impossible to know for sure, research and real-world observation alike suggest that CBD may help with plantar fasciitis. 

Is CBD oil good for heel pain?

CBD oil is generally safe for people who have heel pain. When in doubt, seek medical advice on taking CBD with your existing medications. 

Can I rub CBD oil on my feet?

You sure can! However, we’d recommend you use a specifically-made CBD topical instead. 

What is the fastest way to cure plantar fasciitis?

Eating healthier, moving more, stretching and physical therapy may all help you avoid plantar fasciitis. 

How do I permanently get rid of plantar fasciitis?

Any and all of the above strategies may help you stay pain-free in the long run. Even after you’re pain-free, though, don’t go back to old habits! A sustainable, healthy lifestyle is vital if you want to stay free from plantar fasciitis for good. 

CBD and the active life: a winning combo

CBD is a prime addition to virtually anyone’s active life! CBD can be combined with physical therapy, yoga, massage therapy, and all sorts of other proactive life choices. 

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16306385/

  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/#:~:text=Transdermal%20cannabidiol%20(CBD)%20gel%20application,high%20brain%20centre%20psychoactive%20effects.

  3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2018.01259/full