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The lovely Katika Funnell has written an article for us about Plantar Fasciitis… and if you or anyone close to you has had it then you know how debilitating it can be! Read on to find out more.

Plantar Fasciitis & Acupuncture
It’s a vicious cycle when you want to exercise but you’re held back by pain, especially in the feet. Do you spend a lot of time on your feet at work? or with your children out and about, but you come home to sit on the couch with sore and inflamed feet or heels?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia or connective tissue in the sole of your foot.
It can cause:
• Pain first thing in the morning when you get out of bed – those first few steps can be really painful & sharp.
• Pain for some as the day goes on (time on your feet)
• Hobbling or limping
• Overuse, compensation & tension in other muscles such as lower back or hips from the awkward gait
• Fatigue of the lower leg and foot muscles due to compensation

Let’s start from the ground up – you need a strong foundation
This is a type of pain that doesn’t “just go away”. Because we need our feet to let us continue our daily activities and lifestyle with walking, running and sports, it’s important to look after them and manage any foot or heel pain ASAP.

Tension in the back line of fascia can be the reason for tension building up in the lower leg and foot. When there’s no more give left, the inflammation begins and alerts you to something going on.
Getting ontop of the inflammation and pain is important as soon as possible, because you want to avoid acute episodes becoming chronic.

How Acupuncture can help Plantar Fasciitis
Regardless of acute or chronic plantar fasciitis, Acupuncture provides and effective and research backed way of settling down the inflammation.
The research suggests that Acupuncture can:
• Soften local fascia wherever a needle is inserted
• Interrupt pain messages to the Brain by the Pain Gate Theory
• Induce a localized anti-inflammatory response
• Improve bloodflow to the local area
• Encourage localized muscle fibre stretch and relaxation

The Summary? – loosening tissues, relaxing the muscles and soothing pain, this is how Acupuncture can help. Inserting fine needles into various acupoints and regions of the foot can bring relief in as little as 3 sessions when performed by a Registered Acupuncturist with experience.

The anti-inflammatory mechanisms of Acupuncture stimulate the body’s natural repair and recovery processes. When prescribed with some stretching and other supplements such as a good quality Magnesium, Plantar Fasciitis pain can be reduced, if not resolved.

Case study – Female, 45yr old: Plantar Fasciitis for 2 years
Acupuncture performed on her Chronic Plantar Fasciitis, after nothing else had helped. She had “given up” on it ever being resolved. Spent a lot of time on her feet at work. Lived with the pain, and put up with good days and bad days.
Treatment: 3 Acupuncture sessions lowered the pain level significantly to impress her and be optimistic about there being an end to the pain – Big smiles!!
At session 5, the pain was almost non-exixstent. She did 3 extra sessions for maintenance, all with no pain. 3 months later, minor flare ups, but pain is much more tolerable and it goes away again.

If you’re suffering foot or heel pain or know you have a diagnosis from your Physio or GP of Plantar Fasciitis, call Katika on 0414 459 659 to book an appointment at Green Door Health for Acupuncture.
Katika has been in practice since 2003 and is a Registered Acupuncturist.

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