Helping Plantar Fasciitis with Acupuncture


There is nothing worse than having foot pain. It makes walking unbearable, and wearing a shoe may not even be an option to some. When traditional medicine has failed, many people are turning to this treatment to help with their foot ailments. Unlike some commonly used medical treatments, acupuncture has no side effects and is a well-tolerated form of holistic therapy. What is acupuncture? Well, it is a process that uses small needles that are inserted into pressure points all over the body. Each pressure point coincides with a part of the body. By stimulating these areas, the body promotes healing. It sounds crazy, but it is sweeping that nation as one of the best forms of pain therapy.

What An Acupuncture Session Is Like

During this procedure, a thin needle is placed into diverse locations of the body, which is recognized as acupuncture points.Whereas it seems like a rather new practice, it has been around for centuries. It’s a very useful form of pain reprieve, especially with those who have issues that deal with the musculoskeletal system. New research shows that using this form of treatment for plantar fasciitis promising. By placing needles into coordinating areas on the body, the feet feel relief.

Using Needling Points To Help With Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain can be unbearable. Thankfully, many acupuncture points correspond to the feet and ankles. Each case is different, so it will need to be evaluated by an acupuncturist to see what exactly needs to be done. Contrary to what you may think the location 3 of the kidneys and 60 in the bladder, is directly linked to the Achilles tendon on the foot. Placing pins in these areas have brought great relief too many people. Additionally, locations 6 and 62 are also used to penetrate the ankle bones. If there are tender areas on the foot, the acupuncturist will manipulate those areas and insert a needle too. Plantar fasciitis is painful but can be treated.

Fixing The Problem – Not Masking The Pain

Pain is a problem, but one of the hallmarks of plantar fasciitis is that it brings a tight sensation to the calf area. As the muscles in the legs begin to tighten, it puts additional pressure on the foot’s facade. This is the main cause of plantar fasciitis. Using several needle points in the lower leg region, the stiffness and muscle tightness can be alleviated. Acupuncture goes at correctly the source of the problem rather than masking the problem with painkillers. The calf’s muscle belly, which is located in the lower part of the leg, is the location that helps to relieve muscle tightness.

Crossing Meridian Lines

Most people head to their local acupuncture specialist with a complaint of heel pain, and plantar fasciitis is most commonly the diagnosis. The processes used in holistic medicine are similar to those used in Western Medicine. The specialists will use a diagnostic pattern that they will add pressure points too. The goal is to lay out a treatment plan for the patient to deal with the underlying cause of the plantar fasciitis. Many find that the locations where the needles are placed are nowhere close to the foot area where they experience the heel pain. Surprisingly, it is the fact that these points run along meridian lines that all interconnect within the body. The points that need to be used differ for each patient, primarily due to the location of their pain.

The Use of Electro Acupuncture To Ease Heel Pain

Some are afraid that their heel pain will be less painful than the process of acupuncture. Actually, the needles are only left in place for about 20 minutes. It may be necessary to visit the acupuncture specialist 2-4 times per week during a flare up. The whole session will last nearly an hour, but it takes time to insert each needle with precision. Again, these needles are so small that pain is usually not a problem. In some cases, the acupuncture specialist may want to attach electrical stimulation in addition to the use of needles. This can help to speed up the healing of plantar fasciitis. When electricity is used alongside traditional acupuncture, it is called electro acupuncture.

Improvement Is Seen Quickly With Acupuncture

Surprisingly, many have found that their heel pain has a marked reduction after just the first acupuncture session. Over the course of their treatments, there is an improved function that occurs overall. Once the needles are removed after a session, the areas must be massaged to relieve any tenderness associated with the needle’s entry point. Additionally, a patient must do some stretching to help strengthen and release any stress in the muscular tissues and help promote healing to their area. There will be marked progress in pain after a month of healing through holistic methods, if not sooner.

Acupuncture should be the first management option and not a last resort. Though it is still rather new in this region many people do not know how wonderful it can be for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. The body has the ability to rejuvenate and heal itself. Chiropractic care has been embraced for decades because of its overall effectiveness. It will take some time before people truly understand and can embrace all part of Eastern Medicine. Its holistic roots are unnerving to some. However, once they try it, they have to admit that it works.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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