Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain affecting athletes and non-athletes alike. Runners are more likely to experience plantar fasciitis, but it can develop simply from overuse from walking or standing on hard surfaces. When it exists without other structural pathology, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia which supports the arch of the foot. This can stem from tension in the calf muscles, trauma to the foot, systemic inflammation, really a whole array of factors. Once inflammation is present continued use will add irritation upon the inflammation. It’s a very frustrating and painful condition.
Acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of myofascial inflammation and subsequent pain, and we see this condition frequently at All and One Acupuncture. When patients come to see us for acupuncture for plantar fasciitis, we perform a comprehensive orthopedic evaluation to determine the root cause of the pain. We identify the areas of inflammation and tension and treat with a combination of local needles and needles in neighboring areas of tension (i.e. calf muscles, low back, and hip muscles.) It is almost always appropriate to use cupping and gua sha (scraping therapy) in addition to acupuncture, and we find the combination very clinically effective in treating plantar fasciitis. When appropriate we utilize infrared heat therapy, topical medicines, and internal and external herbal therapy to support recovery.
Uniquely at All and One, we offer herbal foot soaks to be used at home between treatments. These high-quality ingredients support blood circulation and quell inflammation throughout the body to treat all types of chronic pain. They are especially helpful in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Learn more about our foot soaks here!
Every new patient at All and One Acupuncture receives a written treatment plan detailing our focus, our goals, our tools, and our expected timeline of care. A typical treatment course for acupuncture for plantar fasciitis will vary depending on the severity and duration of the condition. In most cases, we see improvement in pain and mobility after 2-3 weekly visits, and many cases resolve within 4-12 visits of acupuncture treatment. If we don’t see improvement within an expected treatment course, we refer out for additional care, such as physical therapy, massage, or chiropractic. If we don’t see complete or lasting resolve in our expected timeframe, we refer to an orthopedic surgeon. However, most cases of plantar fasciitis resolve with acupuncture and structural soft tissue work and don’t necessitate steroids or other injection therapies, or surgery.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or other foot pain, acupuncture can help! Please call us at (503) 281-6909 or book online at www.allandone.com.
PSA: Stretch your soleus! At All and One Acupuncture, we’ve noticed that many of our patients are familiar with a stretch for the gastrocnemius calf muscle. Wonderful! But an additional important muscle to stretch, and one often implicated in plantar fasciitis, is the soleus calf muscle. Check the image and try it.