Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Symptoms are typically sharp, stabbing pains in the bottom of the foot near the heel after pressure. The pain can be triggered by a period of walking or after exercise and standing after a period of rest. It is normally the worst when you take the first steps out of bed in the morning.
Plantar fasciitis is common in people who are overweight, in occupations requiring long standing or walking, runner and those have one leg longer than the other.
The initial ways to treat plantar fasciitis is often recommended that the patient can have a rest, massage, reduce activity levels, stretch, lose weight, use braces. Support or anti-inflammatory drug and shock wave therapy may also be used.
When the initial treatments don’t seem to reduce the pain or if you would like to try an alternative natural method, then Acupuncture is an option.
With over 2000 years history, acupuncture is one of the oldest healing techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today, acupuncture is becoming more and more common in alternative therapy in the medical field all over the world. In Australia, acupuncture became a national registered profession in 2012.
How Acupuncture Relieves Plantar Fasciitis
Acupuncture is a successful treatment to improve flexibility and to relieve pain of the feet. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation and reduces local inflammation in the feet; it also balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve signals in the feet to stop inflammation and swelling.
At Floreat Acupuncture, our acupuncturists may apply various techniques and carefully choose the acupuncture points (acupoints) that suits you the best. The acupoints might be different for each person based on individual conditions, but it is normally not in the foot area. Approximately 80% of our clients suffering from foot pain improved straight after the first session, but please keep in mind that it may take 3-5 sessions to allow your foot to get the best possible result. Make sure to discuss your situation thoroughly with your acupuncturist before undergoing treatment for foot pain.
If you are suffering foot pain, please call us now on (08) 6113 6208 and see how we can help.