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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Shin Splints in Ayurveda


Plantar fasciitis and Shin Splints both involve lower leg pain and inflammation due to overuse of the lower leg. The causes for both can be similar and the result can also be the same, but the site of pain may vary from each in a minute. Both these injuries are commonly seen in Sports persons. Here in this article, we will get to know the causes and symptoms of these two injuries. Also, we will spot the main difference between them and ayurvedic remedies for the management and recovery from such injuries.

Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints


Shin Splints also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, are defined as pain along the shin bone (Tibia) in the lower leg. Pain is caused by the overuse of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is of two types-

  • Anterior Shin Splints
  • Posterior Shin Splints

The sites of pain in both types are different. Pain down the front of the leg indicates Anterior Shin Splints and the pain down the inside of the leg indicates posterior Shin Splints. The overuse of the lower legs causes muscles, and connective tissues to rupture that causes painful splints. Overuse of legs is common among sports persons who are involved in strenuous activities such as football players, athletes, basketball players, and all sports that involve more usage of legs, which can put extended force on the shin bone and corresponding muscles.

Plantar fasciitis also known as policeman's heel is defined as muscle pain with inflammation on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toe. The pain is stabbing in nature. The pain reduces as you walk and tends to decrease while continuing walking, while the pain will aggravate on prolonged standing or sudden movement after long rest. The injury is recovered by ice patching, and other conservative methods, while in rare cases arthroscopic surgery is recommended. That is done based on your symptoms and severity.


According to Ayurveda the over-usage and overstaining of muscles aggravate Vata dosha which will disbalance the Pitta and Kapha dosha. All these tridoshas together will lead to pain, tenderness, and stiffness in that particular area. Treatment modalities involve the intake of naturally and purely prepared Planet Ayurveda's herbal medications, application of our medicated oils, and following the guide and diet recommendations of our expert Ayurvedic Doctors.


The overuse of the lower leg is the main cause of these injuries which can be due to various reasons-

  • Repeated stretching of lower legs muscles
  • Long distance running
  • Repetitive stress on the shin bone
  • Dancing
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet (congenital foot abnormalities)
  • Prolonged standing (occupational factors)
  • More common in people of age more than 40 years


Symptoms of these injuries include abnormalities in legs and differ in extent and site of legs-

Shin splints

  • Calf muscles pain and tightness
  • Pain and inflammation in the inner side of the lower leg
  • Pain along the Shin Bone
  • Pain aggravates after the exercise
  • Pain while running, and walking and might continue on rest

Plantar fasciitis

  • Pain in the foot heel that can radiate to the foot sole
  • Limping
  • Swelling and tenderness in the foot heel area
  • Pain aggravates long-standing, running, or jumping
  • Pain worsens in the morning
  • Pain is stabbing in nature


Diagnosis is confirmed based on the-

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Location of pain
  • The severity of pain and tenderness
  • X-Ray - can show a bone spur


Most people recover on their own in a few months with conservative treatment. While in some cases the condition may worsen on left untreated.

  • Pain killers
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapies
  • Night splints
  • Canes
  • Crutches
  • Walking boots for temporary methods to support the leg
  • Injections
  • Shock wave therapy
  • Ultrasonic tissue repair
  • Surgery

Ayurveda offers various therapies and natural herbs for recovery from lower leg injuries due to overstretching and overuse.

Panchkarma Therapies

Panchkarma therapies to reduce muscle stiffness and strengthen bones, joints, and muscles include abhyanga, swedan, sarvang dhara, potli, along with nasya. These therapies are done with various medicated oils and herbs, prescribed by the ayurvedic doctor according to the condition, age, as well as other factors of the patient.


Certain yogasanas also strengthen the leg muscles and can be practiced easily at home.


These ayurvedic medicines are used to treat the condition of the patient. Planet Ayurveda provides effective treatment for plantar fasciitis and shin splints. Planet Ayurveda is a herbal medicine manufacturing company in India. Their products are 100% pure and are made from standardized extracts of various medicinal herbs. Our company is internationally certified and people worldwide are using the products and medicines. Medicines are prepared according to government guidelines. Medications useful in these conditions are-

Herbal Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis and Shin Splints

Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints

1. Boswellia Curcumin

These capsules are a combination of Curcumin (Curcuma longa) and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata). The anti-inflammatory property of these capsules reduces swelling in the body. These capsules will improve blood circulation in the lower body which will prevent stiffness and will lead to proper healing. These capsules will also improve immunity due to their immune-enhancing properties.

Dosage - Take 2 capsules twice daily.

2. Yograj Guggul

This is a polyherbal preparation of Vidang (Embelia ribes), Guggul (Commiphora guggul), Ajwain (Carum copticum), etc. Yograj guggul has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help to pacify Vata dosha and helps in relieving pain and swelling in the foot and leg muscles. It also works on muscle spasms, thus offering free movement of the leg and foot.

Dosage - Have 2 tablets two times daily with water.

3. Aamvatantak Churna

This churna is composed of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinalis), etc. The churna is used in all types of autoimmune disorders. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. Aamvatantak churna is prescribed to nourish the joints and muscles of the legs in these sports injuries of the lower legs. It preserves the overall health of the body.

Dosage - Take half a teaspoon of churna twice daily.

4. Nirgundi Oil

This medicated oil is obtained from the leaves of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Haridra (Curcuma longa), etc. The oil is used in wound healing and relieving pain and swelling in the affected area. Oil has anthelmintic and anti-toxin properties. Planet Ayurveda's Nirgundi oil is pure and free from any type of chemicals and thus is very efficient in relieving painful symptoms.

Dosage - Apply the oil on the legs and foot area externally two times daily.

5. Orthovita Oil

Massaging the legs with this oil helps relieve pain along with the reduction in muscle stiffness. The oil is composed of saindhavadi tail, turpentine oil, gandhapura, etc. this will strengthen the muscles and reduce muscle spasms too. In case of loss of synovial fluid, this oil adds lubrication to the joints and thus has multipurpose usage.

Dosage - Do a local massage with oil for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Not treating these injuries can result in chronic pain that can hinder your daily activities. Treat and strengthen your leg muscles and bones naturally with ayurvedic treatment modalities. Visit our doctors for more wonderful results. For any query and to book online appointments contact us at

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