How Acupuncture Helps Plantar Fascitis
Whether you are an avid runner, walker or just walking through daily life, plantar fascitis is not fun to deal with. Since we spend numerous hours per day on our feet, having foot pain causes a noticeable annoyance. Most people do not know that acupuncture is highly effective for treating plantar fascitis, and often go to the podiatrist feeling relatively hopeless after receiving yet another pain pill. Yet podiatrists are also now recommending acupuncture for plantar fascitis.
How Does it work?
Plantar fascitis usually occurs when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot become inflammed. This can occur from repetitive use, shoes that do not support the feet properly, and walking on flat sandals during the day. Acupuncture helps by releasing the inflammation and calming the muscles, allowing blood to flow as well as calming the nerves in the feet that are angry and inflammed. Once the acupuncture needles are inserted, this allows the nerve to send a signal down the nervous system pathway, causing a healing response, which in turn, shuts off the pain receptor in the brain. Once the body is perceiving the foot as moving and operating properly, the nerve stops firing this signal to the brain, telling the brain that there is a problem. The body is a highly intelligent system, that alerts us that something is wrong by way of its communication in the form of pain. Once the root issue is fixed, the pain is alleviated.
Acupuncture is the Best Option
Acupuncture works so well for such issues as plantar fascitis, because there are not a lot of other options. One could do physical therapy, but it does not get to the root of the issue, which is inflammation of the nerve. At times, medical doctors offer prescription medications and at last resort surgery. But, who wants to take a bandaid medication when it can be fixed quite easily with acupuncture.
If you haven’t tried acupuncture for plantar fascitis, give it a try. Your feet will get the relief they need. If you have any questions feel free to call our Acupuncturist in Franklin TN.