Acupuncture for Heel Pain & Dry Needling
According to new research, acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. This is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain on the underside of your foot and heel. The most agonizing shot of pain is often experienced while first stepping out of the bed onto the floor in the morning. Pain upon dorsiflexion (lifting the foot towards the shin) is another telltale sign of plantar fasciitis.
A controlled clinical investigation showed that an acupuncture group displayed significant foot pain reduction. The control group on the other hand showed only minimal changes.
Treatment For The Control Group
- Five weeks of analgesic medications
- Stretching exercises
- Shoe modifications
Treatment For The Acupuncture Group
- Same therapies
- Electro-acupuncture treatments
In case of chronic planar fasciitis, acupuncture in combination with conventional treatments had a success rate of 80% which is higher than what was seen in the control group.
According to another recent study acupuncture proved very effective for the treatment of plantar heel pain. Researchers noted significant improvements through acupuncture in both pain relief and functional restoration. This was better than a standard regime of care which prescribed anti-inflammatory medications (non-steroidal).