Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a common cause of heel pain, estimated to affect 10% of people over the course of their life. Symptoms are typically sharp, stabbing pain in the sole of the foot or heel with pressure, or when standing after periods of rest, often very painful as you first get out of bed. Most cases improve with conservative treatment, including home remedies such as stretching, rest, and massage. Plantar fasciitis is most common in runners, people who are overweight, in occupations requiring prolonged standing or walking, wearing very flat an unsupportive foot ware including Flip Flops, and those with foot alignment issues or who have one leg longer than the other.
The ‘plantar fascia’, which is the part of the foot that’s inflamed with plantar fasciitis, is a tendon that attaches to the base of the heel bone and extends into five bands that attach to each toe on the bottom of the foot. As a weight-bearing structure, it is affected by over-use through repetitive strain due to too much or too little movement and exercise. Small injuries to the tendon over time cause inflammation and pain.
Traditional Five Element Acupuncture has been found to be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis, to balance the meridians around the area of pain and throughout the body, this does not mean needles go in the bottom of your foot!
For help with this very painful condition please contact Hannah on – https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/