Electroacupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
Treatment Reduces Pain, Improves Function in Heel Pain Patients
Reference: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Most often seen in athletes, obese people, and persons whose jobs require a considerable amount of walking or standing (especially on hard surfaces), the condition results from inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad, ligament-like structure that extends from the calcaneus to the base of the toes.
Excess weight or repetitive stress can cause small tears in the fascia, leading to sometimes severe pain that can take several months to resolve.
Plantar Fasciitis I received acupuncture treatments combined with ultrasound treatment on my foot, which helped considerably. I had seven acupuncture treatments with ultrasound and one treatment of muscle work I am now 100% pain free. I do become stiff a little, but no pain. To control the stiffness, Dr. Marr suggested coming in one follow up treatment once every two weeks. I am completely satisfied with Dr. Marr's treatments. Thank you Dr. Marr.
» Richard W.
Traditional therapies for plantar fasciitis vary depending on the degree of the condition and the person being treated. The most common forms of treatment include rest, ice, orthotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. More severe cases can require injections or even surgery. However, none of these modalities is considered more effective than another, and occasionally, patients will develop chronic, disabling symptoms despite the best efforts.
The combination of electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture algorithms to the affected intrinsic foot musculature produced a marked reduction in pain and a concomitant improvement in function with a limited number of treatments. Dr. Glenn Marr advocates the use of electroacupuncture to symptomatic trigger points in selected intrinsic foot muscles in combination with traditional acupuncture treatment algorithms.