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Should You Use CBD Oil to Treat Foot Pain? Let’s Find Out!
These days, CBD dispensaries can be found in most cities, with topical products, tinctures, and even edibles available in various strains and strengths claiming to treat everything from anxiety to chronic pain—including foot pain.
But is CBD an effective option for those suffering from foot conditions like plantar fasciitis? We dug into some research to get the scoop for you!
What is CBD?
Cannabis is notorious for its psychoactive properties, but many don’t realize that marijuana is composed of 120 cannabinoid compounds—and not all of them induce the “high” this plant is most known for.
The two most prevalent compounds are also the most recognizable: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Both of these compounds are known for a range of both proven and anecdotal health benefits, though there is a key difference: THC is what creates an intoxication effect, while CBD does not impact you psychoactively.
Although the popularity of CBD as an alternative health product seemed to explode overnight over the last few years, marijuana has actually been used for medical purposes for many years—with the first documented use dating back to 2737 B.C.!
It wasn’t until later in the mid-20th century that the various structures present in marijuana were isolated and researched, with Dr. Raphel Mechoulam leading one of the first breakthroughs in understanding the effects of individual cannabinoids—and earning himself the nickname “The Godfather of Cannabis Research.”
Dr. Mechoulam’s work paved the way for a much greater understanding of how our body interacts with different cannabinoids, particularly in terms of medical use.
What is CBD used for?
Over the last few years, CBD has seemed to explode on the market. CBD dispensaries can be found in most cities, with topical products, tinctures, and even edibles available in various strains and strengths. Everyone from famous brands to your distant cousin on Facebook swears by its many varied uses. Oils and tinctures are used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve anxiety, while topical applications are being sold to improve healing, treat skin concerns, and provide relief for aching muscles.
Anecdotally, there is nothing CBD can’t do—but what does research say? While in-depth study of cannabis and CBD is still a bit behind, there are a number of studies that explore the health benefits of cannabinoids.
- Studies have shown that topical application of CBD (transdermal absorption) helped reduce joint swelling and relieve arthritic pain.
- Cannabinoid receptors in pain-processing parts of the brain and spinal cord indicate that certain cannabinoids may help control pain transmission.
- Researchers suggest that CBD oils are effective in managing difficult-to-treat pain, such as chronic discomfort from arthritis and foot conditions.
Can you use CBD for foot pain?
In reviewing both clinical and anecdotal evidence, it does seem that CBD products may help alleviate foot pain for some people—but it’s important to go in with an open mind and temper expectations. We know firsthand how frustrating it can be to find pain management that works, and that what works for one person may yield little-to-no results for another.
If you do want to try CBD oil to treat your foot pain, we encourage you to purchase from trusted and verified sellers and peruse product reviews before hitting the buy button. Consider the type of product you want, such as full-spectrum CBD or THC-free CBD, and determine the dosages that match best with your concerns—or talk to your doctor about what they recommend. Look for products from popular and proven CBD suppliers, such as Balance CBD, Green Roads, or Lazarus Naturals.
It’s important to note that while CBD may help reduce your discomfort, it will not treat the cause of your pain. If you only treat the symptoms and not the condition, you may end up continuing to exacerbate the good or tear the fascia tendon. We recommend using CBD for pain management in addition to treating the root cause with a product like QUICK TAPE.
Are there any downsides to CBD?
True topical CBD oil is considered to be generally safe for use and with a very low risk of side-effect. If you are considering CBD tinctures or other oral products, however, it’s important to speak with your doctor to ensure you are not taking any medications that may interact poorly with the CBD.
Because of the growing demand for CBD products and often fuzzy state-level restrictions and oversight on its production and sale, one of the primary risks of CBD is potentially purchasing synthetic or contaminated CBD products. In fact, the FDA released a warning to consumers about the dangers of using synthetic CBD products, including increased heart rate, vomiting, violent behavior, high blood pressure, and reduced blood supply to vital organs.
Our thoughts on CBD for foot pain
We understand the desire to try everything you can to alleviate pain, especially if you’re trying to avoid surgery. That’s why we developed the QUICK TAPE foot support strap. Based on our research, it does seem that CBD could be a good option for potentially reducing foot pain—but just like with any other over-the-counter options, we recommend working closely with your doctor to ensure the products you try won’t exacerbate your pain.
Can CBD Oil Help My Foot Pain?
First let’s talk about CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. There are 2 components to the hemp plant, THC which is the psychoactive portion of the plant and CBD(cannabidiol) which has no psychoactive properties. CBD has been shown to have some positive effects on healing and is legal in all states, currently. These products and can be bought in stores or through the web including places like Amazon. CBD is safe and is a natural extract from a plant but it can still be considered as medicine. The FDA does not allow CBD companies to market their products for any specific conditions. You should talk to your doctor before using this product for any purpose.
What do the studies say about CBD? Most studies have been done in mice and rats. And other studies are done by gathering information from people that have used CBD and had relief. Studies have shown that CBD decreases inflammation and pain and may have an effect on diabetes. So with these findings, there are many uses in people with foot pain and inflammation.
CBD for Diabetic Nerve Pain
CBD comes in several forms and has been shown to decrease some of the burning and tingling sensations in some people with diabetic neuropathy. You can rub a CBD cream or oil into the skin in areas that are painful to help get relief by affecting the superficial nerves under the skin. The CBD can decrease the inflammation of the nerve and block pain sensations as well. Some people may prefer to ingest the CBD and can take it under the tongue as oil, as a capsule by mouth, and as a candy. It may be worth trying topical and oral forms to see what gives you the most relief. While this is only temporary relief and will not cure neuropathy, it can help you function better through your day as some studies have shown. As far as diabetes goes, CBD has been shown to lower blood sugar and increase insulin production. Again, please consult with your doctor before using these products.
CBD for Foot and Ankle Inflammation
Studies done in China and Italy have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. So, it may be used to treat inflammation from injuries and arthritis when applied to the area of swelling. The CBD can also be taken by mouth to have more full-body effects. CBD can have an effect on Cytokines which are inflammation regulating compounds and this is why they can be effective to decrease swelling. This may be a good alternative for those that choose not to take prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation. Drink companies are putting CBD in their products to organically help with inflammation.
CBD for Foot and Ankle Pain
You may have noticed that celebrities such as Melissa Mccarthy are using CBD oil to stop foot pain while wearing their heels! Other celebrities have claimed that they have been getting relief from heel pain/plantar fasciitis using CBD. So how does this work? There are receptors in our bodies throughout a system known as the Endocannabinoid system. CBD can bind to these receptors in your body to help decrease pain.
CBD for Blisters
CBD has been combined with ozone in products to provide a decrease in inflammation and bacteria to help heal blisters more quickly. Some people are using CBD in known high-pressure areas on the feet to help prevent blisters.
At Gentle Foot Care, we like to explore new options that may be available to you. In this case, we are discussing a natural plant product known as CBD that has many promising uses for foot pain and inflammation as well as diabetic neuropathy. We expect that there will be more studies in the future showing the benefits of CBD.
Of course, if you have any of these problems, please make an appointment to see Dr. Cruz and discuss your options.
Dr. Cruz is currently seeing patients in Brandon and Zephyrhills and is offering Telehealth appointments. The offices are taking full COVID-19 precautions. You can contact his office here.
Marc A Katz DPM Dr. Marc Katz is a podiatrist that previously practiced in South Tampa on Swann Ave with Dr. Jairo Cruz DPM. He works closely with Dr. Cruz to create educational materials to help patients and the community. Dr. Katz is recognized as a leader in the Tampa Podiatry community for over 23 years. Dr. Katz has extensive expertise in all areas of foot and ankle medicine and surgery and is Board-Certified. He was an early adopter and is a leader in Minimally-invasive procedures and Regenerative medicine in the podiatry community. Dr. Katz has had many articles published in podiatry journals discussing his procedures and techniques. In addition, Dr. Katz has advanced training in Functional and Holistic Medicine and Nutrition. He is one of a few podiatrists that has taken advanced courses in Prolotherapy, Neural Prolotherapy and Ozone Therapy. Please enjoy the content and I truly hope that you find great benefit. Dr. Katz can be reached at [email protected] For more information: https://marckatzdpm.com/
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