Acupuncture for Foot Pain

foot pain acupunctureFoot pain comes in many different forms. The most common types are plantar fasciitis, heel pain, bunions, inflamed Achilles tendons, and arthritis. Any foot pain can be treated with acupuncture. So let’s see what acupuncture can do for you.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that runs along the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia runs from the bottom of the heel to the base of the toes. The tissue acts like the bow string on a bow to keep the arch taught and provide great shock absorption.

Currently, there are many different methods to treat plantar fasciitis. Tape therapy, lifts using insoles, cold compress, hot compress, stabilization by boots or bands, steroid injections, and pain killers are just a few of the treatment options. None of these methods are effective for serious cases. These treatments are applied for temporary relief by doctors, therapists, or by therapeutic devices. Although the initial inflammation takes time to heal, occasional cases of plantar fasciitis may resolve on their own. But most cases require anywhere from months to
years to treat.

Conventional medicine says that overuse of the tissue leads to plantar fasciitis. More specifically, comparing the plantar fascia to a non-elastic string on a bow. Each time a person tries to shoot an arrow, he or she will pull on the non-elastic string, which causes tremendous stress at the point where the string is attached to the bow. The non-elastic string will also wear out or tear with every pull. And like the inflexible string, the plantar fascia will get inflamed from too much use.

But plantar fasciitis sufferers should not fear, there is an easy treatment. Acupuncturist works to fix the bow and help the bow string relax. The treatment also restores the natural flexibility of the plantar fascia. With treatment, the pain rapidly disappears over 99 percent of the time. Typical cases show plantar fasciitis getting well in a week if the sufferer is treated every day in our clinic. Many people will experience relief after their very first treatment.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, or fibula misalignment. The treatment options for heel pain are discussed in the following paragraphs. Plantar fasciitis treatment has been described above.

Bone Spur

When bone loss occurs, bones get very weak and brittle. The brain notices the problem and tries to correct the bone loss by depositing calcium in one area, creating a bone spur. The arteries redirect extra calcium to the area to build the bone spur.

If the body is able to re-strengthen the bones, the veins will begin carrying the extra calcium away from the bone spur. The pain and stiffness will disappear. Strengthening the bones is a very effective method of removing bone spurs. Acupuncturist should help patients strengthen their bones by providing herbal remedies, proper exercise techniques, and vitamin D supplements. He also work with our patients to improve whole-body circulation and normalize parathyroid function with acupuncture.

Fibula Misalignment

The last type of heel pain comes from fibula misalignment. An unstable ankle joint causes the misalignment, which leads to intense heel pain. This condition is rare, but there are cases. To treat fibula misalignment, acupuncturist will properly align the fibula and stabilize the bone to maintain the corrected alignment.

Bunion

A bunion is a growth on the big toe that periodically causes pain. The condition is caused by subluxation on the ankle joint. Subluxation is a slight dislocation of a body part. In the case of bunions, the ankle joint is misaligned, which causes stiffness on the big toe. Excess calcium builds up around the stiffened area. When the bunion is small- to medium-sized, it can be corrected at our clinic. With treatment, the joint can be returned to its normal flexibility.

However, if the bunion is large, then surgery is recommended. After the condition is corrected, we recommend comfortable shoes to protect the area.

Arthritis

Conventional medicine often equates arthritis with a weakened immune system. However, theroot cause is poor blood circulation. If arthritis exists throughout the body, the problem likely originates at the heart. Localized arthritis is often due to a local injury, misalignment, or poor circulation to that area.

There are two reasons inflammation will occur at the joint. First, fresh oxygenated blood may not be reaching the joint due to local area factors. Second, weak blood pressure may be preventing the red blood cells from passing through the capillaries into the area, causing stagnation. In either case, the affected area requires improved circulation in order to treat arthritis properly.

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