Plantar fasciitis/heel pain and acupuncture treatment

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and occurs in all types of persons both athletic and less active. Sometimes, simply walking or standing on hard surfaces may cause symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament that supports the arch and runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. About half of persons who suffer from plantar fasciitis have a heel spur. Plantar fasciitis may account for up to 10% of running injuries. Acupuncture treatment of plantar fasciitis is often difficult but the results of treatment are often optimized by combining other conservative measures such as orthotics and Chiropractic treatments.
It has been estimated that up to 40% of male plantar fasciitis sufferers are male. For females the percentage tends to be higher (at around 90 Percent).
The pain is usually the worst first thing in the morning and may be especially aggrevated by the first few steps out of bed in the morning. Usually the symptoms are somewhat alleviated by warming up or walking about for a while. Runners sometimes note that the pain is slight to moderate at the beginning of a run and may increase with the duration of the run.
Plantar fasciitis is by far the most common cause for heel pain but other less common causes of the pain may include achilles tendonitis, achilles bursitis, and bone bruise.
The plantar fascia may become thickened in persons suffering from the condition for an extended period. Other complicating factors include thinner fat pads in the feet which may be a concern in some elderly persons or women. The pain may also be referred from the soleus muscle which is the lower part of the calf. This condition may be known as joggers heel.
Plantar fasciitis may be associated with an increase in the mileage walked or run. Changes in surfaces or running shoes may also cause irritation of the plantar fascia.
Some sources claim that up to 80% of cases of plantar fasciitis are due to excessive foot pronation. Overly high or low arches may also predispose to plantar fasciitis.
Acupuncture treatment of plantar fasciitis is usually able to provide some relief in uncomplicated cases within six visits. Some sources recommend a treatment plan of two visitis per week for three weeks. In chronic cases treatment beyond three weeks may be needed.

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