What is plantar fasciitis and how is it caused? Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue that runs the length of the  sole of the foot.  The longer the inflammation lasts, the greater the possibility of the development of Heel spurs. 

It can often be caused by excessive pronation, or internal rotation of the feet such as in those with flat feet or with knock knees. Those with high arches and excessive tightness in the calf muscles are at risk also.  Poor footwear such as worn out shoes, shoes with inadequate support or with excessively stiff soles can also be causative factors. Other risk factors can include; Age (between 40 and 60), types of exercise (running, dancing, skipping), being overweight, occupations (jobs that keep you on your feet).

Can Acupuncture help? At Authentic Acupuncture Clinic in Balmain, located in Sydney’s Inner West, it’s common to see clients who seek relief from foot pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis and or heel spurs.

Acupuncture aims to improve blood flow to the foot, relieve pain and inflammation and to relax the muscles in and around the foot including the calf muscles.

Can I try acupuncture in conjunction with my current allopathic treatments? Those seeking treatment may be using anti inflammatory medication and or have tried steroid injections to treat their foot pain. Follow the advice of your Doctor and check in regularly to assess the necessity or effectiveness of such medications in your individual case.  Some clients may choose to use both western medical treatment concurrently with acupuncture or after trying medication and not getting a desired result, they may want to try acupuncture with the idea of trying to avoid surgery which is often used in more severe cases.

What are the symptoms and what can you do?

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain and tenderness on the sole of the foot just in front of the heel. Pain can often be worse when getting out of bed in the morning and diminish during the day. Pain can intensify when walking on heels or tiptoe. When a heel spur has developed, the person may feel a nodule at the site of pain which can be confirmed via scans.

As soon as symptoms are experienced, avoid the likely activity that has caused the problem.  Consider also some gentle stretching of the calf muscle. Try Acupuncture !

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