Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a ligament which lies just beneath the skin surface on the bottom of your foot. These ligaments attach to the calcaneus bone of the heel, extending to the toes. They are integral for weight bearing and balance. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tendons that are closest to the heel. It is the most common cause of pain felt on the bottom of the foot and heel, and can affect all types of active individuals.These ligaments are constantly absorbing the everyday shock from standing, walking and many other daily activities. Overuse may damage or create tiny tears in the ligament, weakening the overall stability of the feet and legs. It is estimated that 10 percent of people will be affected by this at some point in their life.
Who is usually affected?
- Active men and women between 40 and 70 years of age
- Runners, athletes
- Those with jobs which require long periods of standing
- Overweight people
- Women in late pregnancy (may experience acute flare-up)
- Physical imbalances such as differences in leg lengths, foot alignment issues, high arches, tight calf muscles
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms typically present as sharp and stabbing pain in the sole of the foot or heel, worse with pressure or standing, or walking on hard surfaces. Some may experience dull aching or burning sensations, and stiffness. Many times, the pain is much worse with the first activities of the day, or with prolonged activities. If these issues are not addressed in a timely fashion, the pain experienced may range from mild to severe, debilitating.
What can I do?
Patients seek out many different remedies for the pain.
- Physical therapy
- Stretching and strengthening routines
- Orthotics, insoles
- Leg splints, walking casts
- Anti-inflammatory medication, injections
Although a less common of the routes people may take, Acupuncture will help keep you on a more natural path, using what your body has already provided to heal. Acupuncture can be an extremely helpful, pain relieving, relaxing experience. Acupuncture is a treatment that helps to stimulate the nervous system by stimulation of points throughout the body. Studies have shown acupuncture helps the body to release many chemicals the body needs to manage pain, improve circulation and inflammation, reduce stress and keep the body strong and stable through rehabilitation.
In an acupuncture session, your acupuncturist may ask many questions about your well being. We love treating the whole you, not just your pain. If your body is healthy, your healing time will be much quicker! Treatments are recommended 1-2 times a week for 4-6 weeks, with many feeling relief before the full treatment plan. Along with the relief from pain, many patients look to continue their treatments to stay strong, healthy, and relax. Preventative medicine is one of the best options when we get you back on your feet again! Let us help you get back to the activities that you love!