“Vatakantaka” is an ayurvedic term which can be correlate with “plantar fasciitis” which is a very common cause of heal pain now a days with peak incidence between 40 – 60 yrs of age as stated by Harrison.
According to ayurveda “Vatakantaka” is defined by Acharya Charaka in Ch. Chi. 28 (Vatavyadhichikitsaadhyaya), by Sushruta in Su. Ni. 1 and by Vaagbhata in Vg. Ni. 15 which is caused by vitiated Vata at Gulfa Sandhi Pradesha (Khudakashrit By Sushruta). Pathology of plantar fasciitis is chronic inflammation of plantar fascia and degeneration of fibrous tissue with without fibrous formation.
With this pathology and clinical presentation Vatakantaka can be effectively paralleled with plantar fasciitis and can be treated with ayurvedic management very effectively.
2. Sushruta, Sushruta samhita, with nibandha sangraha & nyayachandrika commentary, edited by yadavji trikamji acharya, chaukamba surbharati prakashan nidana sthana, 1/79, 2008, pp269.
3. Vagbhata, Ashtanga hridaya with Sarvanga sundara & ayurveda rasayana commentary, edited by Pdt. harisadashiva shastri paradakara,Varanasi, chaukamba Sanskrit samsthana, , nidana sthana 15/53 pp 535.
4. Harrison’s principles of internal medicine, volume 2, 18th edition chapter 337, pp 2862. Harrison’s Principles of internal medicine, Volume 2, 18th edition chapter 337, pp 2863.
5. Sushruta, Sushruta samhita, with nibandha sangraha & nyayachandrika commentary, edited by yadavji trikamji Veena G Rao et.al., Ayurvedic Management of Vatakantaka (PLantaris faciitis) acharya, chaukamba surbharati prakashan, Chikitsa sthana 4/8 2008 pp 420.