Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition. It occurs in the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia works like a rubber band. It forms the arch of your foot and connects your heel to your toes. If the band is short, you have a high arch. If the band is long, you have a low, or flat, arch. A pad of fat covers the tissue and helps your heels to absorb shock put on your feet. Damage to the plantar fascia can cause heel swelling and pain.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
Pain and swelling are the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Pain may be worse in the morning or when you put pressure on your heel. It may be dull or sharp, depending on the time of day and what you’re doing.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
As you age, the plantar fascia becomes less like a rubber band and more like a rope that doesn’t stretch as well. The fat pad on your heel becomes thinner and can’t absorb as much shock. The extra shock can damage the plantar fascia and may cause it to swell, bruise, or tear. Most people also have pain to some degree. Repeated impact on the heel, like from running, walking, or standing, also can cause plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
We have advanced technology here at Ocean Integrated Wellness Center to treat Plantar Fasciitis. The treatment is about 10 minutes and can be accompanied by other treatments that have been proven beneficial for plantar fasciitis like cold laser therapy.
Many studies have validated that acupuncture treatment will consistently reduce plantar fasciitis pain in the majority of people with this condition. Acupuncture can be an effective way to stimulate a healing response. This healing response generally starts with pain relief and finishes with a cessation of the symptoms as the underlying condition is healed. Part of this healing occurs due to the effect of acupuncture reducing local inflammation and enhancing blood circulation in the feet and relaxing any muscle tension in the calves and hamstrings.