Plantar Fasciitis

foot anatomy diagram

The plantar fascia is a thin web of ligament which stretches from the heel to the front of the foot.  The painful condition of plantar fasciitis can occur due to repetitive strain or from a single acute injury.

Factors which contribute to development of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Prolonged walking or running on hard surfaces
  • A change to training, including increased distance, incline or speed
  • A tendency to over pronate the foot
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Poorly fitting shoes
  • Obesity
  • Tight lower leg muscles

Plantar fasciitis is characterised by inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia.  Pain is worst first thing in the morning, or after a period of rest and gradually eases with movement.  In some cases there will also be a calcaneal(heel) bone spur present.

Plantar fasciitis responds well to acupuncture treatment; and in most cases that are without complications, a course of treatment will provide lasting pain relief.

Using motor point acupuncture, we target the muscles of the lower leg and foot to restore function and resolve the pain.

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