If you have heel pain, especially if you feel a sharp pain when you first walk in the morning, chances are you have plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. At Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness, Vonda Muncy, LAc, DiplAc, has extensive experience using acupuncture to safely relieve the pain and promote your body’s natural healing power. To get help for your plantar fasciitis, call the office in Castle Rock, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online.
A broad ligament called the plantar fascia attaches to your heel and runs across the bottom of your foot to the base of your toes. This ligament supports the arch and absorbs shock every time you take a step.
When the plantar fascia suffers a tear or excessive stress, or if you develop problems with the arch, the ligament becomes inflamed and painful. That’s when you have plantar fasciitis.
Heel pain is the key symptom of plantar fasciitis. However, your heel may become swollen and you can also experience pain in the arch. In most cases, the heel pain is worse when you first start walking after sleeping or resting, and then it feels better as you keep walking and the ligament stretches.
The plantar fascia typically becomes inflamed when it’s exposed to ongoing stress, especially if you keep walking and putting pressure on the ligament after it’s injured and the pain begins.
The most common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
A tight Achilles tendon or calf muscle can also pull on the plantar fascia and cause inflammation.
Modifying your activities or temporarily immobilizing the affected foot gives the plantar fascia time to heal. If you need better arch support, using shoe inserts or prescription orthotics can help prevent future ligament damage.
Beyond these conservative measures, acupuncture may relieve your pain, reduce inflammation, and support healing in the damaged ligament. After reviewing several studies, researchers reported that acupuncture may reduce pain over 4-8 weeks of treatment better than standard therapy.
When you choose to have acupuncture treatment, Vonda inserts acupuncture needles in carefully targeted points along the energy pathways, called meridians, that are associated with your heel pain. The needles restore the balance of energy, strengthening the body’s natural healing ability. Additionally, acupuncture needles trigger events in your nervous system that lead to the release of your body’s natural pain killers.
If you need relief from heel pain, call Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness or book an appointment online.