Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain

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Planta fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain affecting many clients in our Sydney acupuncture clinic. Plantar fasciitis is a debilitating condition which can take months to be resolved. Some aspects which that may increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis include tight Achilles tendon, excessive running, working extended hours standing on hard surfaces, or even a high or low arched foot. Most sufferers do well with acupuncture and specific stretching program and can avert the requirement of surgical intervention.

 

Symptoms:  include plantar heel pain that is worse with first few steps out of bed in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Pain tends to initially improve with activity or after one gets “warmed up”. Pain may worsen with higher impact activity such as running

 

Treatment: Traditionally in western medicine the use of Achilles and plantar fascia specific stretching program are suggested, soft / cushioning orthotic, night splints, Ice, NSAIDS, steroid injection or at last resort surgical intervention. In our clinic These treatments can yield expectations of 90% of patients have resolution of their symptoms within 10 months of initiation of treatment.T_WithoutZoom[1]Plantar-Fascia-Injection[1]

 

 

 

 

In our clinic we incorporate a regime of Acupuncture[1] , soft tissue manipulation (pic#) and a series or plantar and Achilles stretches (please watch video). We may also suggest the use of ice bottle rolling, strapping or night splint.

 

towel stretch

Standing calf stretch

Sitting planta fascia stretch

Frozen bottle roll

Achilles stretch

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[1] Janz,S : Aust J Acupunct Chin Med 2010;5(2):30–36. Plantar Fasciitis, Another Approach—Using Acupuncture and Looking Beyond the Lower Limb with a Brief Review of Conventional Care: A Case Series.

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine