Will Acupuncture help plantar fasciitis?.


Stepping Towards Relief: Acupuncture help for Plantar Fasciitis

In this article, we'll explore mechanisms of acupuncture for pain and soft tissue repair and ask the question 'Can acupuncture help plantar fasciitis?' symptoms and support recovery, backed by clinical trials and expert insights.

Plantar Fasciitis signs & symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often debilitating condition. Characterised by heel pain, it can produce hot burning pain, sharp or an uncomfortable 'thorn/pebble in your shoe' sensation.

This condition, caused by inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia—a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes—can significantly impact your gait, mobility and endurance. While allied health treatments offer relief, acupuncture has emerged as a promising adjunct therapy for managing pain and inflammation. By promoting recovery, Acupuncture may help plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or strained. Consequently leading to pain and discomfort along the bottom of the foot, particularly near the heel, especially with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest.

Common risk factors include overuse, obesity, improper footwear, and bio-mechanical problems.

 

How Acupuncture helps Plantar Fasciitis

  1. Pain Management: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals, helping to alleviate heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. (Reference: Zhang, S. P., Yip, T. P., Li, Q. S., & Ng, G. (2003). Acupuncture treatment for plantar fasciitis: a randomized controlled trial with six months follow-up. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 1(3), 177-182.)

 

  1. Reducing Inflammation: Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce inflammation in the plantar fascia and surrounding tissues.

 

  1. Improving Blood Flow: Acupuncture promotes better circulation to the affected area, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients for tissue repair and regeneration.

 

Clinical Trials Supporting Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis

 

  1. Randomized Controlled Trial (Zhang et al., 2003): A study published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that acupuncture treatment significantly reduced pain and improved functional outcomes in patients with plantar fasciitis compared to a control group.

 

  1. Meta-Analysis (Chen et al., 2021): A meta-analysis published in Pain Medicine concluded that acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment option for plantar heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, with improvements observed in pain intensity and functional status.

 

Complementary Medicine Approaches

 

Can Acupuncture help plantar fasciitis? Yes, and besides this, individuals with plantar fasciitis may also benefit from:

-Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Gentle stretching exercises for the calf muscles and plantar fascia can help alleviate tension and promote flexibility.

- Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotic inserts or supportive footwear can help distribute pressure evenly and reduce strain on the plantar fascia.

- Physical Therapy: Techniques such as ultrasound therapy, massage, and manual therapy can complement acupuncture in promoting healing and recovery.

In conclusion, Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to managing pain, inflammation, and promoting recovery in individuals with plantar fasciitis. If you're experiencing heel pain or struggling with plantar fasciitis, consider consulting a licensed acupuncturist experienced in musculoskeletal conditions. Embrace the healing potential of acupuncture and take proactive steps towards stepping pain-free and regaining mobility in your daily life.

Other posts about Plantar Fasciitis:

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Plantar Fascia pain and how to stop it

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