New plantar fasciitis research finds acupuncture most effective for treating this painful, inflammatory foot condition. Plantar fasciitis typically presents with pain on the underside of the foot and heel. The pain is often most severe when first stepping out of bed onto the floor in the morning. Another sign of plantar fasciitis is pain when lifting the foot upward towards the shin.
We treat plantar fasciitis (heel pain) all the time in our acupuncture clinic with great success. After reading this article you can book an appointment to come in and treat your foot pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Research Study #1
In this controlled clinical investigation, the acupuncture group demonstrated a significant reduction in foot pain while the control group showed only minimal changes. The control group received five weeks of analgesic medications, stretching exercises and shoe modifications. The acupuncture group received the same therapies plus electro-acupuncture treatments.
The researchers concluded that, “Electro-acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments provided a success rate of 80% in chronic planar fasciitis which was more effective than conventional treatments alone.”
Plantar Fasciitis Research Study #2
Another recent study demonstrates that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of plantar heel pain. The researchers note that acupuncture has more significant improvements in both pain relief and the restoration of function than a standard regime of care that includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Based on these findings, the researchers formally recommend acupuncture for the treatment of plantar heel pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Research Study #3
In yet another study, investigators concluded that acupuncture at acupuncture point PC7 relieves the pain of plantar fasciitis. PC7 is located in the middle of the wrist on the palm side. PC7 is what we call a Shu-Stream point that is known for the treatment of Heart and Spirit related issues including myocarditis, palpitations, insomnia, mental illness, irritability, and cardiac pain.
According to Chinese medicine and acupuncture theory, Shu-Stream points treat heavy sensations in the body and painful joints. PC7 is therefore a common point for the treatment of wrist pain because it is a Shu-Stream point located at the wrist . However, the researchers chose PC7 for the wrist’s distal relationship to the ankle and heel region. At a six month follow-up examination, the PC7 acupuncture group showed a significant improvement over the control group.
Plantar fasciitis affects approximately 2 million US citizens annually. The findings from these plantar fasciitis research studies demonstrate that acupuncture is an important treatment for inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. Advantages to acupuncture treatment include excellent outcomes, safety, no side effects, low cost, quick healing time, and avoidance of surgery and steroid injections.
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References: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. Efficacy of Electro-Acupuncture in Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Wipoo Kumnerddee and Nitsara Pattapong. Volume 40, Issue 06, 2012.
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