• Liyan Lu

Plantar fasciitis

Updated: Oct 2

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain usually decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting.

It is more common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support also have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.

Causes: The plantar fascia is shaped like a bowstring, supporting the foot arch and absorbing shock from walking. If tension and stress on this bowstring become too great, small tears can occur in the fascia. Repeated stretching and tearing can irritate or inflame the fascia, although the cause remains unclear in many cases of plantar fasciitis.

Source: the above information abstracted from Mayo Clinic

Our clinical experience showed that electric acupuncture and tens unit treat plantar fasciitis and relieve pain very effectively; only 2-3 treatments could see positive results.

Some podiatrists suggested wearing shoes with suitable arch supports. Replace running shoes every 300 to 500 miles.

Case-1, a 66-year-old female patient, had suffered from acute plantar fasciitis after walking on a trail for 3 hours with a pair of old shoes. Every morning she had excruciating pain in her left foot when she put her first step on the floor. Or, while just starting to walk, she felt severe foot pain within the first few steps. We used electric acupuncture on the pain points of her left foot and the Bladder Meridian points of her left leg. Only after two treatments, her pain was 70% reduced. In the meantime, she changed her old shoes into very fitting new shoes which fully supported her arch. She also quit her speed walk and only used the elliptical for exercise for a few months until her pain-free. Six months later, she was 100% recovered and back to her routine workout foot pain.

Case-2, a 36-year-old male patient, had chronic plantar fasciitis duo to his daily run barefoot for a year. He had a sharp stabbing pain under his feet while starting to walk. We performed electric acupuncture on the pain points of his feet and the bladder meridian points on his legs. After three treatments in a roll, his pain was 70% better. Meanwhile, he walked and ran wearing shoes; instead of electric acupuncture, he used tense units to continue the electric stimulation at home. A few months later, he could run again without pain.

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