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Benefits of Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated with acupuncture. In my personal acupuncture practice, I have treated many people over the last 14 years for this condition. Acupuncture for plantar fasciitis has been most successful when administered as soon as the plantar symptoms show up. Around 90% of the patients I’ve treated with this condition get relief and ultimately get better relatively fast.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed that these points are connected by energy channels and that stimulating these points can help to restore balance and promote healing.

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including plantar fasciitis. Here are some of the benefits of acupuncture for plantar fasciitis:

  • Reduces pain and inflammation. Acupuncture can help to reduce pain and inflammation in the heel by releasing endorphins, which are the body's natural pain relievers. Acupuncture can also help to improve blood circulation to the area, which can help to promote healing.
  • Improves range of motion. Acupuncture can help to relax the muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle, which can improve the range of motion and reduce stiffness.
  • Promotes healing. Acupuncture can help to promote the healing of the plantar fascia by increasing blood flow to the area and reducing inflammation.
  • Is a safe and effective treatment. Acupuncture is a generally safe and effective treatment for plantar fasciitis. It is important to note, however, that it is important to see a licensed acupuncturist for treatment.

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatments for plantar fasciitis, such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). It can also be used in combination with physical therapy and other alternative treatments, such as massage therapy.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia – the long, flat ligament that runs along the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel bone to the toes. It supports the arch of the foot and helps to absorb shock when you walk or run. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the heel and/or arches and tightness of the calves.

The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel of the foot, especially when you first wake up in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. Plantar fasciitis causes pain while walking or exercising and can significantly impact one’s daily functioning if left untreated.

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shock when you walk.

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Overuse: Plantar fasciitis is most common in people who are on their feet for long periods of time or who participate in activities that put a lot of stress on their heels, such as running, jumping, and dancing.
  • Age: Plantar fasciitis is more common in people over the age of 40.
  • Foot structure: People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts more stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause changes in foot structure and increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.
  • Wearing shoes that don't fit well: Shoes that are too tight, too loose, or don't have good arch support can increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.

In some cases, plantar fasciitis can be caused by other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Plantar fasciitis is basically caused by chronic irritation of the arch of the foot due to excessive strain.

Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis Reviews

This is a testimonial from a patient who received acupuncture for plantar fasciitis in my own practice: “I’d been dealing with a flare up of plantar fascial pain for over 6 months. While there was some relief with exercise and natural footwear, I couldn’t wear most shoes and always had discomfort. Rather than pursue steroid injections or surgery as the doctor prescribed, a friend recommended I try acupuncture. Then two unrelated people recommended Lisa Vitale. After 3 treatments I had significant relief and after the 4th, I could walk/exercise without needing KT tape and could wear prettier (but healthy) shoes again. Now all my self-care, minimalist foot care practices can really take me past this chronic condition, knowing I have a pain relief therapy that works. Thanks, Lisa!”

Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Research has proven acupuncture for plantar fasciitis to be successful at reducing pain and inflammation when paired with conventional treatment. A PubMed study shows that “acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments (such as stretching, rest, massage, arch supports) provides a success rate of 80% in chronic plantar fasciitis, which was more effective than conventional treatments alone.

If you start to experience pain in your heel, along your arch, or even at the ball of your foot, make an appointment right away for acupuncture for plantar fasciitis! The sooner you address the inflammation, the faster you will heal and prevent it from getting worse.

Tips for Preventing the Return of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Wear supportive shoes with good arch support.
  • Avoid wearing shoes that are too flat or have high heels.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Warm up before exercise and cool down afterwards.
  • Stretch your plantar fascia and calf muscles regularly.
  • Avoid activities that aggravate your pain.