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Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis at Peter Lok Acupuncture in Las Vegas

Girl grabbing back of foot from stabbing pain that's occurring in her heel

If standing up first thing in the morning is the most painful part of your day, you may be one of the many people who suffer from plantar fasciitis. This chronic inflammatory condition causes stabbing heel pain that can make your everyday chores, work, and even recreational activities intolerably uncomfortable. But you can obtain long-lasting, drug-free relief from this painful condition through Peter Lok Acupuncture's plantar fasciitis treatment in Las Vegas.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a kind of chronic soft tissue inflammation afflicting the tough band of connective tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. The plantar fascia supports and maintains foot's medial arch, a structure that helps distribute and balance your body weight when you're standing, walking or running.

When the plantar fascia is unduly stressed, damage occurs and recurs, producing a state of ongoing inflammation that never has a chance to completely resolve itself. The reasons for this type of chronic overuse may include:

  • An increase in tissue stiffness due to natural aging
  • Acute injuries
  • Musculoskeletal misalignment in the feet, ankles or spine
  • Shoes that fail to provide proper arch support or throw your weight off balance
  • Jobs or sports that require long hours of standing, jumping, dancing or other strenuous activities​
  • Excess weight

The most obvious symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp pain in the bottom of your heel that is at its worst after a long period of inactivity, such as sleep. Once you walk around on the afflicted foot, the pain may lessen -- but the chronic condition remains.

The Role of Acupuncture in Relieving Plantar Fasciitis

While Western medicine typically prescribes rest, orthotic footwear, anti-inflammatory medication, and physiotherapy to treat plantar fasciitis, the condition can prove frustratingly elusive in some cases. That's when you need another, more effective solution -- and we can provide that solution at Peter Lok Acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been found in research studies to have a greater effect on plantar fasciitis symptoms than conventional western techniques, with a success rate approaching 80 percent and relief that lasted for up to 6 weeks at a time.

Our acupuncturist, Dr. Peter Lok, can approach your plantar fasciitis in a variety of ways. First, the use of acupuncture points such as Needle Shaofu HE-8 can give you relief from acute heel pain. We may also needle secondary points along the back of the calf, relieving heel pain referred from those tendons and ligaments. Since Traditional Chinese Medicine associates heel pain with liver and kidney imbalances, we may activate those channels via additional acupuncture points. Last but not least, we can administer acupuncture (and electro-acupuncture) to several points on the heel and ball of the foot itself.

Learn More About Our Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Las Vegas

If a conventional medicine has failed to relieve your suffering, it's time to try our plantar fasciitis treatment in Las Vegas. Contact Peter Lok Acupuncture at 702-732-0178 for an appointment!