Plantar Fasciitis and Acupuncture

Written by Angela Lai

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Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition that can happen to anyone.  One day you’re ok and the next, you can’t place any weight on your heel without severe pain.  Ouch!

What is plantar fasciits and how can you prevent or get rid of it?

The fascia is a connective tissue that spans from your toes to your heel. It is a hard fibrous tissue.  When this tissue becomes inflammed usually you’ll feel a sharp pain towards the heel area.  The first steps in the morning upon rising is the worse or at the end of a long activity like standing.

Some patients will be asked to get an x-ray to make sure they haven’t broken any bones but usually the only thing that the x-ray will find are bone spurs.  Many times bone spurs will be blamed for the pain, but you can have bone spurs and don’t have any pain.  It’s other factors that can determine that it’s really plantar fasciits.  The real cause for the inflammed fascia is due to improper footwear.  Especially shoes that don’t have enough support.  (ie. flip-flops).

Physical therapy is usually prescribed but that can take weeks or even months to see results.  Acupuncture can help relieve the pain within a week.  Acupuncture along with the correct exercise can decrease the inflammation quickly and effectively.

Do you or anyone you know who has struggled with this ailment?  Have you tried acupuncture?  You might want to give it a try.

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