Plantar fasciitis (pronounced “plantar fash-ee-itis”) is an inflammation of the plantar fascia – the long, flat ligament that runs along the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia extends from the five toes, down through the arch and attaches to the heel.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the heel or arches, or sometimes both, as well as tightness of the calves. Plantar fasciitis usually causes pain while walking or exercising and can significantly impact daily functionality if left untreated. It is recommended that you try Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis pain issues as it has been known to significantly help in relieving the pain.
Factors Which Can Contribute to Plantar Fasciitis
The occurrence of Plantar Fasciitis may be described as an acute strain or as a repetitive stress injury. Here are some conditions that may contribute to disorder:
- Abnormal step (sinking towards the inner or outer edge of arches)
- Tight calves and feet
- Improper athletic training
- High, low, or flat arches
- Foot weakness
- Shoes that fit incorrectly
- Prolonged walking, standing, or athletics
Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis should be diagnosed by a local GP or medical professional for a proper evaluation of the condition. After the diagnosis, a treatment plan often includes rest, ice, Aleve or ibuprofen, stretching exercises, new shoes with arch supports, or more expensive options such as orthotics, night splints, or cortisone injections. Surgery is often recommended only in the worst cases where conventional treatments are unsuccessful.
If you experience pain in your heel(s) or arches, or have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, regular stretching can help. According to one study, 83% of patients in a stretching program were successfully treated for plantar fasciitis, and 29% of study participants cited stretching as the most helpful treatment.
Acupuncture For Plantar Fasciitis
Research in the past has proven that acupuncture is a successful treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. Acupuncture reduces the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis when coupled with conventional treatments. I read recently where “acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments provided a success rate of 85% in chronic plantar fasciitis which was more effective than conventional treatments alone”.
The effects lasted for at least six weeks, so you should book an appointment with a local acupuncturist to set up a series of acupuncture sessions to reduce pain from plantar fasciitis.