Foot Pain and Summer Sports
Are you stuck on the sidelines this season because of foot pain? Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the toes, supporting your foot’s arch. Plantar fasciitis is common in individuals who are on their feet a lot, especially if you run or play sports. Repeated strain can damage or tear the ligament, leading to serious pain and swelling. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis including having high arches, flat feet, or having your feet roll inward when you walk (excessive pronation).
How Acupuncture Relieves Foot Pain, Including Plantar Fasciitis
If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience foot pain upon waking each morning. While the stiffness can start to go away after you take a few steps, your feet will continue to hurt as the day goes on, including when climbing stairs or standing for long periods. It’s natural feel frustrated by this pain, especially when it keeps you from doing the things you love. You’re not alone, either – approximately 1 out of every 10 Americans will experience plantar fasciitis pain at some point in their lives.
Here’s How Acupuncture Treatments Can Help:
#1: Relieve Pain. Plantar fasciitis (and foot pain in general) is often a combination of nerve entrapment within the foot combined as well as referred pain from other areas of the body. Acupuncture treatments reduce local inflammation in the feet and enhance circulation, providing immediate pain relief.
#2: Restore Flexibility. Acupuncture balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve signals in the feet. Achieving balance between the nerve signals in the feet has a homeostatic effect on the body. This balance signals the brain to stop inflammation and swelling and to begin the healing process, bringing mobility and flexibility back to the feet.
#3: Prevent Structural Deterioration. Without effective treatment, plantar fasciitis can have a serious impact on the structural integrity of the feet. Acupuncture addresses these problems with an effective treatment protocol.
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