A recent study suggests that acupuncture may be a beneficial treatment for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. These conditions are generally treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, block therapy, shockwave therapy, behavioral therapy, or surgery.
The study, authored by Guangzhou Dounsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House, examined results from 19 separate clinical trials that compared the effectiveness of acupuncture with other treatment methods. Researchers concluded that acupuncture is safer, easier, and more effective than current options. They also noted the benefits of combining acupuncture with other treatments to enhance results.
Heel pain is a common affliction, often caused by stress on the foot tissue. If you are suffering from heel pain, see podiatrist Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel will treat your symptoms and attend to any other podiatric-related needs.
Causes of Heel Pain
● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
– Wearing ill-fitting shoes
– Wearing non-supportive shoes
– Weight change
– Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.
With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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