The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

CBD Oil Benefits: Can CBD Oil Relieve Foot & Ankle Pain?

Posted by on Monday, September 3rd, 2018


With the legalization of medicinal cannabis in some states, many people are now asking about CBD oil benefits when it comes to chronic foot and ankle pain. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have the scoop: What exactly is CBD oil? Will it cure your pain or just make you high? What foot and ankle conditions can CBD help? Is it legal in NYS? If so, where can you get it? How much should you take? Is it worth a try?

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You may have heard about CBD oil benefits for foot and ankle pain. But is it legal in NYC, and where can you get it? We’ve got the answers. [Image Source: Unsplash user rickpics]

What Is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, related to THC—it’s the component that gets you “high” in marijuana. But unlike THC, CBD oil does not make you high. The effects are therapeutic, not mind-altering. And, you won’t have to worry about testing “positive” for drug use at work.

CBD Oil Benefits

CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it effective in treating ailments like Achilles tendonitis, inflammatory arthritis, skin irritations, musculoskeletal pain, and plantar fasciitis. Some people use a CBD oil stick in place of Bengay or Bio Freeze. You can also take CBD in pill, spray, lotion, or salve form.

“CBD, I personally believe, can replace almost any store drug,” said James Dinh of Cloud99 Vapes. “It can 100% replace Advil, ibuprofen, and all those things because it just makes your body work better,” he explains.

The reason CBD is so effective is that the body naturally has millions of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system, which react to hemp and marijuana-derived products. As the body processes the hemp oil, the function of the body’s natural endocannabinoid system is enhanced as well, which helps the body regulate itself in many ways.

Is CBD Oil Legal in NYC?

As of 2018, CBD oil is still a bit of a gray area in New York State. If it’s derived from marijuana, it is illegal, unless you have a medical marijuana prescription. These scripts are available to people who suffer from one of 10 qualifying conditions:

  • HIV or AIDS
  • Cancer
  • ALS
  • MS
  • Parkinson’s
  • Epilepsy
  • Spasticity / spine injury
  • Neuropathies
  • IBS
  • Huntington’s disease

Of these, neuropathies stands out, as we frequently treat people with peripheral neuropathy—mostly diabetics. Research shows CBD oil is effective at reducing muscle spasms, controlling cancer-related neuropathy when used as a spray, and improving HIV-related neuropathy pain in up to 50% of patients.

Most of the products you’ll see in NYC stores are hemp-derived CBD oil, which are legal in New York State.

The federal government still maintains that most CBD oil is technically illegal, as it has not been approved by the DEA or FDA. However, President Obama’s Farm Bill in 2014 protects hemp grown under state-regulated law. Governor Cuomo supports local hemp production as well, so you’re probably good.

According to DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno, all online sales of CBD products are technically illegal nationwide because they are classified as a Schedule 1 drug with “high abuse potential,” along with marijuana, heroin, LSD, and cocaine. Right now, the feds are only really looking at large-scale trafficking and store sales, and the priority plays second fiddle to the opioid crisis, so it seems many New Yorkers are hedging their bets. Despite the risk, it hasn’t stopped numerous shops in NYC from sprouting up, offering all sorts of CBD oil products or even CBD-infused edibles.

Should You Try CBD Oil?

Dollar for dollar, CBD oil is not a bad start to get your body on track for healing. But before attempting to self-medicate, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a board-certified foot and ankle specialist to rule out other root causes, assess the level of injury, and fully explore all treatment options, including those that may be covered by your insurance company. We are happy to counsel you on all natural, homeopathic remedies, as well as the latest technology Western science has to offer at our practices in Manhattan and White Plains, NY. We pride ourselves for being on the cutting edge and we look forward to serving you as best we can to alleviate the chronic pain you’ve suffered once and for all. Contact us today.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.