What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. The ligament acts as a shock absorber. Too much pressure on your feet can cause your plantar fascia to become inflamed.
Many of us have experienced heel pain at some point. Persistent heel pain can be debilitating and interfere with everyday activities, negatively impacting quality of life.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is estimated that around two million people in the country suffer from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that decreases when the person stands up and moves.
Common Causes and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
People between the ages of 40 and 70 years are at high risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Women are at higher risk of developing the condition than men. Being overweight or obese also puts a person at risk for developing plantar fasciitis.
People with flat feet and those who often wear high-heeled shoes or spend several hours standing everyday are also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.
A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is dull or sharp pain at the bottom of the heel or at the bottom midfoot area. In some cases, plantar fasciitis may cause a burning pain at the bottom of the affected foot.
In most cases, pain is worse in the morning and usually subsides as the day progresses. People with plantar fasciitis do not usually experience pain while performing a physical activity, but rather after stopping it.
Acupuncture: A Safe and Effective Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Studies show that acupuncture treatment in San Francisco can be effective in relieving plantar fasciitis symptoms. In a small study, 53 people with plantar fasciitis were divided into two groups. Participants in the first group had needles inserted at points believed to be specific for relief from plantar fasciitis pain. Participants in the control group received needling at pressure points for general pain relief.
Both groups received treatment five times a week for a couple of weeks. After a month, people in the treatment group reported lower pain scores than those in the control group.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
An experienced acupuncturist manipulates paper-thin needles inserted at strategic points in the body to stimulate the release of neuropeptides that help relieve pain.
Some studies show that a substance called adenosine is released during acupuncture. The substance helps the body fight pain and inflammation and promotes blood flow to the affected area.
Research suggests that acupuncture may also stimulate fibroblasts, promoting tissue healing. Acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins and other natural painkillers produced by the body. It changes the way our brain responds to pain.
At Anchor Acupuncture, we are committed to helping people in San Francisco with plantar fasciitis and other conditions break the vicious cycle of pain. We are on a mission to touch the lives of as many people grappling with debilitating chronic pain as possible. Connect with us at (415) 855-3112.