Plantar Fasciitis: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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Feet sore from summer running along the seawall, hiking the pristine Northshore mountains or doing the Costco gauntlet? Been told you could be suffering from what is known as "plantar fasciitis"? How are you being treated for your plantar fasciitis? Were you prescribed custom orthotics to support your plantar fascia or you were told about a series of stretches to help release the tight muscle fibers in the arch?

Whichever the case, as a practitioner of TCM it is important to address the person as whole, including investigating the mechanical dysfunction of the feet, leg, hips and up the kinematic chain. 

What is plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs along the sole of a foot. It starts at the base of the heel bone (calcaneus), and fans out to connect to each toe. The plantar fascia is very tough, thick, and fibrous, and plays an important role in walking and running.

When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed (often due to overuse, improper arch mechanics, and/or tight calf muscles), both the sole of the foot and the heel can become very painful and sensitive. As the fascia becomes more inflamed, the pain and sensitivity also increase. Eventually, the fascia can become so irritated that tiny bone formations can develop within the band of connective tissue, often closest to the heel. 

How is acupuncture an effective pain relief?

The insertion of hair-thin needles into the body helps promote blood circulation and decrease inflammation. Studies show acupuncture also helps modify endorphin release, the body’s natural pain-relieving molecules.

Low-Level Laser for Plantar Fasciitis

Here at Acubalance we take the treatment of plantar fasciitis a step further and incorporate the use of Low-Level Laser Therapy to further decrease inflammation and heal at the speed of light. 

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free, light-based therapy that uses red and infrared light to target inflamed, injured and diseased tissues. Photons of light stimulate ATP production, thereby accelerating the healing process. Patients recover from musculoskeletal and peripheral nerve injuries with less scar tissue, accelerated cell regeneration and improved function.

I get great satisfaction offering relief from acute and chronic plantar fasciitis symptoms. Typically the general treatment plan for plantar fasciitis starts by doing an assessment and seeing if the condition is chronic or acute. Patients usually require between 5-15 treatments to completely resolve the inflammation, but patients can notice a significant relief of pain by the second or third visit. 

Please tell your family and friends to schedule a 15 mn Q&A with me to find out if I can help them find pain relief naturally. Or book you intitial consult and treatment to get out of pain today by calling 604-678-8600

Jordan Titchener, R.Ac., PCP.,

Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis Vancouver, Laser Plantar Fasciitis Vancouver