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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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UNDERSTANDING Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes heel pain and discomfort. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. Plantar fasciitis is often characterized by sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, especially with the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

Causes of plantar fasciitis can include excessive pressure on the feet due to high-impact activities, such as running or jumping, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, wearing unsupportive footwear, and certain risk factors like flat feet, high arches, or tight calf muscles. Over time, the repetitive strain and stress on the plantar fascia can lead to microtears and inflammation, resulting in heel pain.

symptoms of plantar fasciitis

If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the heel, usually on the underside or along the arch of the foot
  • Stiffness or aching sensation in the heel after periods of rest
  • Increased pain with the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting or standing
  • Pain that worsens with activity, especially activities that involve bearing weight on the affected foot

ACUPUNCTURE for plantar fasciitis

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing plantar fasciitis and promoting foot health. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and support the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s energy pathways, helping to restore balance and enhance overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for plantar fasciitis include:

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the plantar fascia and surrounding tissues.

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the affected area, enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients, supporting the healing process.

Acupuncture can help relax tight muscles in the foot and calf, reducing tension and strain on the plantar fascia.

microcurrent therapy for plantar fasciitis

Microcurrent therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that can be beneficial in managing plantar fasciitis and promoting foot health. While it may not directly cure the underlying cause of plantar fasciitis, it can help alleviate symptoms and support the healing process. Some potential benefits of microcurrent therapy for plantar fasciitis include:

Microcurrent therapy has been shown to help reduce pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis, providing a non-pharmacological approach to pain management.

Microcurrent therapy can help decrease inflammation in the plantar fascia, contributing to the alleviation of pain and swelling.

Microcurrent therapy may promote tissue repair and regeneration, supporting the healing process of the plantar fascia and aiding in the reduction of micro-tears.

Microcurrent therapy can help relax the muscles and fascia in the foot, potentially reducing tension and promoting better foot mechanics.

Microcurrent therapy promotes blood flow to the affected area, aiding in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients necessary for optimal healing.