Acupuncture treats plantar fasciitis and many other forms of foot pain. This includes neuromas and nerve impingement numbness and pain referred from the low back, knees, ankles, and local regions within the foot. Plantar fasciitis is often a combination of nerve entrapment within the foot combined with referred pain from other areas of the body. Electroacupuncture and standard acupuncture are highly effective for this treatment process. My patients have enjoyed clinical successes for the treatment of foot pain for nearly two decades at my Capitola clinic.
About Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fascitis is defined as a painful inflammatory disorder of the plantar fascia of the foot. Long term, this can lead to degenerative changes within the structure of the foot. Advanced level morphological changes of foot structure combined with plantar fasciitis is termed plantar fasciosis.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot which originates near the calcaneus bone, also referred to as the heel bone. The band extends through the sole of the foot towards the toes. Approximately 10% of all Americans experience plantar fascists at some time during their lives. Acupuncture is a successful treatment to relief pain, restore flexibility, and prevent structural deterioration of the feet.
The acupuncture reduces local inflammation and enhances blood circulation in the feet. In addition, acupuncture has a homeostatic effect by balancing the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve signals in the feet. In this way, the acupuncture sends a signal to the brain to stop inflammation and swelling and to begin the recuperation process.